In Defense of Those Who Protect Us

By |2020-06-08T00:31:36-05:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: Conservatism, J.R.R. Tolkien, Louis Markos, Memorial Day, Military, Timeless Essays, Veterans Day, Virtue, War|

We must respect the difficulty and danger of the jobs of those who protect us and stop willfully blinding ourselves to the unpleasant realities around us. Let us defend, support, and celebrate our police and our military; without them, our world would be a far more perilous place. This semester, I am happily exercising [...]

“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 [...]


By |2017-11-11T14:06:14-06:00November 11th, 2017|Categories: Poetry, Veterans Day, War, World War I|

He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark, And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey, Legless, sewn short at elbow. Through the park Voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn, Voices of play and pleasure after day, Till gathering sleep had mothered them from him. […]

Honoring Veterans, Envisioning Peace

By |2018-11-05T19:28:56-06:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Christopher B. Nelson, History, St. John's College, Veterans Day, Virtue, War|

War endures. The oldest Babylonian tablets mark battles fought, both defensive and offensive, as does the Epic of Gilgamesh, the west’s oldest complete literary work. And the annals of western history never stop reporting on wars and rumors of wars. Douglas MacArthur once calculated that in 3,400 years of human history, only 239 had [...]

A Soldier’s Grandson

By |2016-11-11T09:06:28-06:00July 5th, 2015|Categories: Family, History, John Barnes, Veterans Day, War|

A former coworker once referred to me as a “late adopter.” I suppose that’s true. Long after the popularity of the TV miniseries “Band of Brothers” crested, my wife and I started watching it. Not long after we finished, I happened to see it at the store for a reasonable price so I bought [...]

In Defense of the American Military

By |2020-05-23T23:19:44-05:00May 25th, 2015|Categories: American Republic, Featured, History, Memorial Day, Military, Robert E. Lee, South, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Veterans Day, War|

The American military promotes love of country, self-sacrifice, and courage. These latter two virtues, especially, are honed in wartime, and though war is always to be avoided due to its many attendant evils, there is no denying that it is a singular stage upon which great acts of sacrifice and stunning displays of courage [...]

A War Hero’s Life: A Tribute to My Father

By |2020-05-24T00:34:45-05:00June 15th, 2014|Categories: Memorial Day, Military, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Veterans Day, World War II|

On his headstone at Arlington National Cemetery are listed Dad’s most important commendations: the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Like most veterans, my father did not like to talk about the war, and so the significance of one of these citations remained a secret until ten years after his death. “Then there’s one [...]

Veterans Day and Civil Society

By |2018-11-05T19:29:25-06:00November 11th, 2013|Categories: Military, Veterans Day|Tags: |

Our nation has been at war now for more than a decade. Since the first troops were sent into combat in Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks, our nation has once again come to experience what it means to send sons–and increasingly daughters–into harm’s way. Most everyone by now likely knows someone who [...]

Unity in Remembrance

By |2016-11-11T09:04:27-06:00November 11th, 2011|Categories: Veterans Day, War|

There are a number of reasons why a Veteran’s Day message on the topic of “Unity in Remembrance” is appropriate. As a professor of history at Hillsdale College I teach, in addition to my upper-level courses in military history, the Western and American heritage courses as part of the College’s core curriculum. Over the [...]

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