Before We Forget
(The killing still goes on in Iraq and, once again, Southerners die out of proportion to the rest of the population. Let us remember that many are descendants of Confederate soldiers. The first soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan was named Jefferson Davis and he was from Tennessee. Yet in their own country Southerners are attacked for flying the flag of the soldiers from which they are descended and they are restricted from playing their tune "Dixie" at ball games and public gatherings. All of the darkness is not a half world away.)
BEFORE WE FORGET
A Thought For Memorial Day
by John Black, firstname.lastname@example.org
So, let’s just take down the Confederate flag, quit singing "Dixie" and disappear into that historical fog where names have no meaning to future generations. That would be the tolerant thing to do. Just stay silent and quietly retreat where and whenever our heritage is contested.
Forget the past. Let us worry about the things of today and not concern ourselves with old days and old ways.
So let us fold our flags. Let us sing the empty songs of other cultures. Let us learn the art of silence. It is the safe thing to do. And our government wants us to be safe. They are passing laws and restricting our freedoms to make us safe. And tomorrow someone else will have all that power over us and they will not like us, either.
But we can not think of such things. All we must do is just learn how to be silent and still the pride we might have in our past. Yes, it is the safe thing. It is the social thing. It is the "correct" thing to do.
But, before we forget, just one little reminder of other times.
It is taken from a book entitled: The Taking of Hill 610 by Pete McCloskey of Loma Linda, California and was published in 1992. This was a battle in Korea. Some of you may remember Korea. Most people today do not know about Korea . It requires that you read or be old—-or both.
>From the beginning of chapter eight:
……………Of the 355 members of the First Special Basic Class of Quantico which graduated on December 22, 1950. 40 were flown to Korea in January, 1951 and 39 others arrived by ship on February 16, 1951.
—During the first six months of 1951, nearly all of the 79 lieutenants went to rifle companies, led rifle platoons and were wounded, some on several occasions. Eight were killed in action.
—Those that were killed were our best. The survivors have probably felt some guilt over the years, knowing that had we really done our jobs well, we also, would have been killed in the process. There was no way to be a truly good platoon leader without leading, and there was no way to lead on the ridge lines of Korea without sooner or later getting hammered. It was just a question of time and luck.
—The first member of our First Special Basic Class to be killed was Felix "Bill" Goudelock of South Carolina. Bill was everything that his state’s Wade Hampton had been in the Confederate Army of 1861-65. He was kind and considerate to a fault. Above all else he was dedicated to learning to be a good Marine officer in the tradition of the Citadel and the South Carolina regiments of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
—Bill was killed by rifle fire shortly after his arrival in January, climbing a ridge at the head of his platoon in the guerilla hunt around Pohang.
"TO TRAVEL INTO THE FUTURE WITHOUT THE PAST IS TO TRAVEL TO UNKNOWN PLACES WITHOUT A MAP."
……….A Southern Truth