“Speak out for those who cannot speak,
for the rights of all the destitute.”
this diary is dedicated to all who suffer because of war and other disasters
we honor courage in all its forms
cross-posted at DailyKos, Booman Tribune, European Tribune, and My Left Wing.
april is national poetry month
images and poem below the fold
This is an undated family handout photo of Justin Johnson, dead at 22, killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in April, 2004. Joe Johnson, Justin’s father, joined the war effort at 48, a year and a day after his son was killed, serving in Iraq with his Georgia National Guard unit, the 48th Infantry.
(AP Photo/Johnson family via APTN)
Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark addresses veterans at a veterans home Saturday, March 18, 2006, in Tilton, N.H. Clark talked about the war in Iraq and veterans’ benefits.
(AP Photo/Lee Marriner)
by Christina Rossetti
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
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put a meaningful magnet on your car or metal filing cabinet
read Ilona’s important new blog – PTSD Combat
view the pbs newshour silent honor roll (with thanks to jimstaro at booman.)
take a private moment to light one candle among many (with thanks to TXSharon)
support Veterans for Peace
support the Iraqi people
support the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC)
support the victims of torture
remember the fallen
support Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors – TAPS
support Gold Star Families for Peace
support the fallen
support the troops
support Iraq Veterans Against the War
support Military families Speak Out
support the troops and the Iraqi people
read This is what John Kerry did today, the diary by lawnorder that prompted this series
read Riverbend’s Bagdhad Burning
read Dahr Jamail’s Iraq Dispatches
read Today in Iraq
witness every day