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« on: May 24, 2009, 02:31:04 PM »

Memorial Day roll call honors 148,000 veterans 
The names are whisked away by the hot, gusting wind as soon as they are spoken, forgotten in the stream of the next name and the next name and the next name.  Fuller, Addison. Fuller, Mary. Furlong, John.

The story of America could be told through these names, tales of bravery and hesitation, of dreams achieved or deferred and of battles won and lost.

Taken alone, they are just words, identities stripped of place and time, stripped of rank and deeds and meaning.

But they are not taken alone. They are taken together — 148,000 names, representing the entire veteran population of Riverside National Cemetery, a roll call of the dead read aloud over 10 days by more than 300 volunteers.

They read in pairs, rotating through 15-minute shifts in the beating sun, in the chilly desert night and in the pre-dawn hours thick with mosquitoes.

Some time on Memorial Day, they will read the last name on the 2,465th page... 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090524/ap_on_re_us/memorial_day_naming_the_dead  
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2009, 02:47:26 PM »

Though I HATE war...(as most sane people do...) I have the upmost respect for the people who went through war-sh1t you and I have only seen on TV-and our military. I actually signed up for the service in '79 in high school..but my world at the time made me decide to run away from home and hitchke to NY. I don't like the idea of war. But inna pinch-could I kill people I don't know?

If they was pointing a gun at me or mine? YES. Inna heartbeat. No regrets. If you find a rabid dog in yer yard-shoot it. Thing is...I think we have been acting as the global dogpound. And a LOT of people don't like it. And not just Muslims.
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