On this Memorial Day, the Year of Our L-rd 2013:
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
— Robert Laurence Binyon, 1914
I notice these patriotic lines evidently date from early in the Great War…
Or, you know, not.
Bought a flag today (1 ft. x 1.5 ft.) and carried it through the streets of Manhattan.
This will make you all smile — this video was taken onboard a No. 1 IRT subway car as New Yorkers reacted to the news of Bin Liner’s death. Enjoy!
RONALD REAGAN 1984 Memorial Day Address