Monday, December 7, 2009
The USS Arizona, December 7, 1941
Just a word this morning, on the 68th anniversary of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor.
In memory of those who died that day and in the days and years that followed, with thanksgiving and prayers today for all who served in the Second World War, and for those who continue to serve in the uniform of our country in Iraq and Afghanistan and all around the world.
The Park Service has a great photo side on Pearl Harbor:
This morning's news story in the Post-Gazette.
And, finally, a poem for the day. . . .
--Henry Wadsworth Lonqfellow (1807 - 1882)
Sleep,comrades, sleep and rest
On this Field of the Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
Nor sentrys shot alarms!
Ye have slept on the ground before,
And started to your feet
At the cannons sudden roar,
Or the drums redoubling beat.
But in this camp of Death
No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
No wound that bleeds and aches.
All is repose and peace,
untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
It is the Truce of God!
Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.
Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.