Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Iwo Jima

"He has risen. With all due reverence, we apply these words to our beloved dead.

There are too many air call wings encrusted with the stain of their owners’ life blood, too many marine trousers upon the graves, too many symbols
of American dead – Catholic, Protestant, Jew. Together,' he said, 'they huddled in foxholes or crouched in the bloody sands under the fury of enemy guns here on Iwo Jima. Together they practiced virtue, patriotism, love of country, love of you and of me. Together they stand before the greatest soldier of them all – Jesus Christ, to receive the token of our triumph. For Christ has said: 'Greater love than this no man hath then that he lay down his life for his friends.'

And so our beloved dead have gone from the world of hate to the world of eternal love
.

The chaplain continued, 'The heritage they have left us, the vision of a new world, [was] made possible by the common bond that united them in the drudgery of recruit training or here in the chaos of bursting shouts. Their only hope: that this unity will endure.'

And so our dead have risen to glory
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