Donald R. McClarey

Why Do We Honor Veterans?

  When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today  Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Division at Kohima   Sometimes simple questions can help illuminate great

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My Blood Boils

  An example of how fouled up our priorities are:     The Pentagon is seeking to recover decade-old reenlistment bonuses paid to thousands of California Army National Guard soldiers to go fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Los Angeles

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Various and Sundry, 8/15/13

Biblical Roots of the Teaching of the Assumption Msgr. Pope drops some knowledge on this Feast Day. The actual event of the Assumption is not described in Scripture. However, there are “assumptions” recorded in the Scriptures and the concept is

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Before They Go

And there’s one thing you’ll be able to say when you get home. When you’re sitting around your fireside, with your brat on your knee, and he asks you what you did in the great World War II, you won’t

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Adagio for Brass

Something for the weekend.  Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings performed with brass instruments.  It makes a fit accompaniment to the above video which reminds us of the veterans who ensured that we enjoy the freedom next Thursday to give thanks to

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Lying to Join The Band of Brothers

I have never served in combat or been in a warzone for which I thank God.  However, many of my friends are veterans of combat in conflicts stretching from World War II to Iraq.  Such an experience marks them.  They tell

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Before You Go

Time is doing what the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese could not do:  vanquishing our World War II generation.  The youngest American veteran of that conflict would now be 83, and in the next two decades or so they will

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Our Disappearing Heroes

A special guest post for American Catholic by commenter Don the Kiwi. Last week I attended the funeral of my wife’s uncle, James William Foy. Jim was born on 21st. January 1926, and died on the 24th, September 2009, aged

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