In the United States, we reserve the last Monday of May to honor those who have died while serving in our Armed Services. Our November 11th Celebration is in recognition of ALL U.S. Military Veterans.
"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."
~ Abraham Lincoln
Below: Viet Nam Memorial at Angel Fire, New Mexico
On Memorial Day 2003, Taos artist Doug Scott dedicated his interpretation of a soldier’s dilemma of writing home from war. This life-size statue depicts an American infantryman in the field. A small ammo box is the best chair he can find, and his helmet is the best backing available for writing a letter to his parents. What can he say about what he’s doing that they will understand?
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