The Fields of Ypres

By |2019-05-28T15:07:33-05:00May 27th, 2019|Categories: Memorial Day, Poetry, War|

Along the fields in Ypres, graves were dug to house the fallen men who would never again ache for their brides’ embraces or return to school after the war was over. They were lying in a foreign land, while poppies grew above them; a symbol of a sweeter part of life amidst the horror of [...]

“Ode to Death”

By |2020-03-13T17:54:37-05:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Death, Gustav Holst, Memorial Day, Music, Veterans Day, War, World War I|

Gustav Holst wrote his "Ode to Death" in 1918-1919 in the wake of World War I. Though he received a medical exemption from military service, Holst had composer-friends who served (Ralph Vaughan Williams) and died (George Butterworth) in the horrific combat on the Western Front. The text of "Ode to Death" sets a section of [...]

In Defense of Those Who Protect Us

By |2019-05-21T14:43:13-05:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, J.R.R. Tolkien, Louis Markos, Memorial Day, Military, Timeless Essays, Veterans Day, Virtue, War|

Yes, we must hold our police and our military accountable, but we must also respect the difficulty and danger of their jobs and stop willfully blinding ourselves to the unpleasant realities around us… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Louis Markos as he uses The Lord of [...]

Remembering the History of Memorial Day

By |2019-05-21T14:59:53-05:00May 25th, 2015|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Heroism, Memorial Day, War|

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in [...]

In Defense of the American Military

By |2020-03-26T09:38:06-05:00May 25th, 2015|Categories: American Republic, Featured, History, Memorial Day, Military, Robert E. Lee, South, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Veterans Day, War|

Once upon a time, it was the Left that conflated support for the military with support for war itself. Infamously, in the 1960s and 1970s, many American combat veterans returning home from the controversial Vietnam War were spat upon by antiwar activists. These soldiers were derided as murderers, even baby-killers, by the likes of [...]

Burial At Sea: A Memorial Day Poem

By |2017-05-29T08:05:57-05:00May 26th, 2014|Categories: Memorial Day, Poetry|

Crisp in whites, eight men up, four on a side, slow-step  the horizontal coffin across the flat expanse of our carrier, toward the edge. The decks are quieted. Crews of  men in oil-spotted work clothes give a wide perimeter. The air hangs vacantly, with no women present to stitch that familiar dense knot, that compact [...]

Decoration Day, Memorial Day & Fallen Heroes

By |2019-05-21T14:50:23-05:00May 27th, 2013|Categories: Civil War, Memorial Day, Military, Peter A. Lawler|Tags: , |

So I’ve been criticized for saying that our country is, more than ever, a meritocracy based on productivity. One of the threaders, in fact, said we’re a plutocracy based in pseudo-meritocracy. I’m actually sympathetic to that  (exaggerated) criticism, especially if the evidence used to support it begins with the ridiculous salaries “earned” by our [...]

Let Us Remember April 19, 1775

By |2019-04-19T17:37:09-05:00May 27th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Memorial Day|

British Major Pitcarne took six companies of an advance team to scout out Lexington, Massachusetts, early morning, April 19, 1775. Behind him marched nearly 6,000 troops with orders arriving from London to capture any New England leaders of the so-called rebellion. Hours before British troops arrived, the Boston silversmith Paul Revere knocked on the [...]

Memorial Day: Remembering, Gratitude & our Duty to the Republic

By |2017-05-29T08:16:33-05:00May 27th, 2013|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Memorial Day, Military, W. Winston Elliott III|Tags: |

The American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France Today I honor the men and women of the United States military who have sacrificed their lives while doing their duty to the Republic. For them, and their families, I ask God to bless them and keep them. And for the fallen of the 1st Brigade [...]