A Thought for Memorial Day

Jim Yardley
This is one of the few phrases from Shakespeare that I remember, and one that is ideally suited for this, or any, Memorial Day, even if it was written over 400 years ago.  "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother" Henry V -- Act IV, Scene iii William Shakespeare, 1599 But in thinking about this today, as I sat watching the Memorial Day Concert in front of the Capitol Dome, I realized that looking at all other veterans as my brothers and sisters is only a part of what this means.  It also means that every war widow or widower, from any war, has about twenty million brothers and sisters-in-law.  Their wife or husband died.  My brother or sister died, too.   Every little boy and girl whose Daddy or Mommy never came home from Iraq, Afghanistan or whatever other hellhole the government sent them to, has twenty million aunts and uncles.  Their Dad or Mom was also my brother or sister who...(Read Full Post)

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