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Thousands of Stars

If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance as you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may not have always. Take what they left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with you always.

In that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind. Remember what they sacrificed and how proud and brave they were.

Remembering a few lines from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": "When he shall die, take him and cut him into little stars, and he shall make the face of' heaven so fine that all the world will fall in love with the night, and pay no worship to the garish sun."

History is a story of the past, and all we have of the past are reflections and memories - of a time in our youth when innocence was taken from us and replaced with hours of boredom and minutes of intense terror and horror called war. Of death and destruction unknown to any of us before.

So think of those who have paid the ultimate price, who they were and what they were, for you may never feel that kind of friendship again. We sacrificed dearly for our involvement in Vietnam. I hope the lessons learned will not be forgotten, and their gifts of life to that cause were not given in vain.

So on Memorial Day reflect back and look at the stars at night while attending the parades, parties, and get-togethers that now symbolize "this sacred day”.

"Semper Fi."


Kenmore, NY

(The above was presented through the gracious courtesy of Bernadine Ginter and forwarded by Martin Markley.)

As reprinted from, “The Buffalo News”.


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