Wisdom from Polonius


Charles Early, World War II Veteran on the 40th anniversary of Battle of Iwo Jima

There were wrecks everywhere—wrecks of vehicles everywhere, wrecks of men everywhere.


From To Hell and Back (1955)

That’s what it means to be a veteran—to be scared all the time.


Allan Keller

The only war is the war you fought in. Every veteran knows that.


Caspar W. Weinberger in a Veterans Day address at Arlington National Cemetery

[Here] rests the soul of our nation—here also should be our conscience.


New York Times - “The Black Gash of Shame” - April 14, 1985

A memorial at once national and personal. In each sharply etched name one reads the price paid by yet another family. In the sweeping pattern of names, chronological by day of death, 1959 to 1975, one reads the price paid by the nation.



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