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Then I always feel like I should say, “Amen.”
Verse 4 of the Star Spangled Banner.
Tear. Down. This. Wall.
12 June, 1987.
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Monument, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America.
A MONUMENT FOR THE SOLDIERS
by James Whitcomb Riley
A MONUMENT for the Soldiers!
And what will ye build it of?
Can ye build it of marble, or brass, or bronze,
Outlasting the Soldiers’ love?
Can ye glorify it with legends
As grand as their blood hath writ
From the inmost shrine of this land of thine
To the outermost verge of it?
And the answer came: We would build it
Out of our hopes made sure,
And out of our purest prayers and tears,
And out of our faith secure:
We would build it out of the great white truths
Their death hath sanctified,
And the sculptured forms of the men in arms,
And their faces ere they died.
And what heroic figures
Can the sculptor carve in stone?
Can the marble breast be made to bleed,
And the marble lips to moan?
Can the marble brow be fevered,
And the marble eyes be glazed
To look their last, as the flag floats past,
On the country they have saved?
And the answer came: The figures
Shall all be fair and brave,
And, as befitting, as pure and white
As the stars above their grave!
The marble lips, and breast and brow
Whereon the laurel lies,
Bequeath us right to guard the flight
Of the old flag in the skies!
A monument for the Soldiers!
Built of a people’s love,
And blazoned and decked and panoplied
With the hearts ye build it of!
And see that ye build it stately,
In pillar and niche and gate,
And high in pose as the souls of those
It would commemorate!
[This poem became the rallying cry to build the Soldiers and Sailors Monument now located on the Circle in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana]
Memorial Day tribute from rare.us
“It can only be killed by fire while awake and by using the Rite of Exorcism if found in its grave during the day.”
— Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us, Jonathon Maberry. Kensington Publishing Corp:
New York, 2006. p 16-17, from the Wikipedia article on Vampire folklore by region (South Slavic belief).
At the end of World War II, Hitler’s body was burned, pulverized, and flushed into the sewers. Nazi symbols were destroyed and banned. Men like Eisenhower forced German citizens to face the atrocities they had actively or passively allowed. “Never again,” they said.
They can never all be found and exorcised while asleep. The evil is always active while seeming dormant. We are the ones who sleep.
But the evil continues. Its undead hunger wakes.
“I think that September 11 ought to be made a day of mourning everywhere in the West. After all, it will undoubtedly be a day of celebration all across the Dar-al-Islam.
“We ought never to forget. Never, until the focus of this filthy plague is a hole in the ground, sowed with salt. Never, until Islam is one with the worship of Moloch and Baal. Never, until we can say, ‘Mecca delenda est”.”
— Gerard Vanderleun, What I Saw: Notes I made on September 11, 2001 from Brooklyn Heights, re-posted at American Digest 11 September, 2012.
There is that evil that can only be killed by fire.
“I am Aragorn, son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the elfstone, Dunadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly.”
— Aragorn, in Return of the King, J. R. R. Tolkien.
Tolkien knew that isolationism did not work — regretted the fact, but admitted it; sometimes the Men of the West have to travel to the gates of Mordor because that is the right thing to do.
North Korean “President” Kim Jong Un threatens nuclear mayhem — and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel tells reporters on 10 April 2013 that Korea is “skating very close to a dangerous line.” Hagel does not appear to be preparing use of a big Pacific Theater flame thrower to Kill It With Fire. His ilk seem to be off on another Carteresque episode of Why-do-they-hate-us and Is-this-Kim-crazy? Um, guys? When the man has the loaded gun pointed at you? Then it really doesn’t matter why he wants you dead or whether he is sane. Kill It With Fire.
Find it. Kill it. Burn it. Pulverize it. Flush it. Again.