REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Throughout history warrior classes have honored their dead. The Viking
raiders composed epic poems that were sung and re sung to keep the honor of
their fallen bright. Recruits to the French Foreign were required to learn
the names and deeds of their unit's fallen and recite them on demand. The
Japanese Samurai warriors cast the pedals of the chrysanthemum on the tidal
waters and chanted their memories as the pedals, representing the departing
souls, drifted away. Even cadets at the US Military Academy are constantly
reminded of the "Long Gray Line" that went before them.
These traditions are more than just ritual, they are a powerful way to
immortalize the memories of those compatriots that gave their all. The
songs, the names, the symbols, make a lasting memorial to the fallen comrade
as individual, not just another statistic. The time is right for the
survivors of 1/61 and TF 1/61 to place the final flower on the graves of
our fallen friends.
Join me in remembering fallen comrades in arms that we
knew and loved.
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