Sunday, February 18, 2007

Lessons from old soldiers 
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My wife and I recently watched as our three boys marched off to join Easy Company of the Army's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Their stoic faces belied their youth — ages 8, 6 and 4 — as they faced the horrors of dropping into Normandy 1944 as part of their best friend's birthday party. There was plenty of action, of course, but nothing like what the parents would experience a few days later.

It appears that, as casualties and opposition rise with the Iraq war, even Liam Bowman's 8th birthday party can become fodder in our national debate. Outraged parents complained that we were perverting the minds of children by glorifying war. Yet, there is something to learn from war — as we found out later with a visit to a small Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in rural Maryland.

What an excellent story. Thanks for linking it.
Good story. But Liam, Colby, Aidan????????
Yes, thanks. I laughed out loud at the Orwell comment. That goes in the quote file. I will enjoy reading this to my peace 'n' love wife. (We had girls, so she doesn't 'get it'. The girls to their credit, know which end of the rifle the bullet comes out of and they love their warriors.)

And Liam and Aidan are perrrfectly good Irish names.
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