Memorial Day

The day before Israeli Independence Day, the TV stations in Israel screen the name of every soldier who has fallen for the country. A name flashes on the screen for a second or two, then the next name appears. You go to bed, you get up, the names are still flashing. It takes 24 hours. That’s how they observe Memorial Day.
 
      Leo McGarry (John Spencer) – The West Wing s05e22

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RIP uncle Private First Class Moshe Wiskowski (1950-1969).
We’ll see you again, next year…

NBC News: Israeli Army in Haiti Created “The Best Field Medicine Available”

Yet more compliments for the Israelis at Haiti: A report by NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Port-au-Prince, Haiti:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCd0Q_bQbHI
You can get updates from the IDF team in Haiti via Twitter, YouTube.

CNN: “The Israelis Came From the Other Side of the World”

Another brief moment of patriotism: This is CNN’s senior medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA2xOEoCiwk
You can get updates from the IDF team in Haiti via Twitter, YouTube.

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NBC News: Israeli Army in Haiti “Just As You Would Expect”

Amidst horrible news from Haiti, a brief moment of patriotism: This is MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interviewing NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Port-au-Prince, Haiti:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH29wKSxKnk&start=369&showinfo=0
You can get updates from the IDF team in Haiti via Twitter, YouTube.
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Militarism – A Poem by Shahar Golan

 

 

I saw the eye doctor
And he showed me
A cool book
Filled with pictures.
He then said
There’s something wrong
With my 3-D vision,
But not to worry
I can still lead
A full and productive life,
But when I’ll join the army
I can never be
An Air Force pilot.

At age 7,
My life was ruined.

 

 

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Just finished watching ‘Taking Chance‘, an HBO film based on the experiences of Lt. Col. Michael Strobl escorting the body of LCpl Chance Phelps back to his hometown from the Iraq War. The film chronicles one of the silent, virtually unseen journeys that takes place every day across America, bearing witness to the fallen and all those who, literally and figuratively, carry them home. A uniquely non-political film about the war in Iraq, the film pays tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in military service.

Here’s the trailer for the film:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYcmblhVEJM

 

This would be
as good a
time as any
to honor
fallen
heroes.
An uncle,
a stranger,
a friend.