Notes from the past…


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Where are they buried?

image37_jpg I have been a very disturbing situation at Arlington National Cemetery.

It seems that the remains of possibly hundreds of America’s heroes have been “misplaced” at this most famous and sacred of United States military cemeteries.

From Thursday’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

An Army investigation has found that potentially hundreds of remains at Arlington National Cemetery have been misidentified or misplaced, in a scandal marring the reputation of the nation’s pre-eminent burial ground for its honored dead since the Civil War.

How is such a thing possible with today’s advanced computer technology? Don’t these veterans and their families deserve better than this?

Read more:

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/06/10/2254111/ap-sources-problem-with-grave.html#ixzz0qdwMMXom

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/06/10/2256106/army-admits-errors-on-remains.html

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/06/11/2257178/worried-families-calling-arlington.html


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A little town in Pennsylvania…

On a cold, blustery day in November, President Abraham Lincoln was asked to make a few comments at the dedication ceremony for a new cemetery. And possibly the most eloquent document in our country’s history was born…

Gettysburg, Penn., Nov 19, 1863:

Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war. . .testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated. . . can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.

We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate. . .we cannot consecrate. . . we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. . .that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. . . that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. . . that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. . . and that government of the people. . .by the people. . .for the people. . . shall not perish from the earth.