Memorial Day: May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

Memorial Day: May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

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This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian.’
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.’
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
“Henry V”, William Shakespeare
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

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Domenico Bettinelli
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  • To my cousin, Dan, who died in WWII in the Pacific Theatre as an 18 year-old Marine, and to all who died in the service of our country, to those who sustained wounds, and to all brave men and women who served to keep our country free, may God be with you on your journeys home.  We would not be here today without your courage and sacrifices.

    Thank you, Dom, for your fine post.

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