you can relax on both sides of the tracks

I've struggled for most of the morning to come up with some profound and lyrical way to mark the day, but the words I usually find so easy to command just refuse to reveal themselves … so I'm just going to keep this post simple and to the point: Thank you, veterans, for your service.

56 thoughts on “you can relax on both sides of the tracks”

  1. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
    I always felt the best way to “Support our troops” was to kick the people who put them in harms way out of office.

  2. @wilw:
    hey Will, i took this photo yesterday (2009.11.11; remembrance day in canada) & i’m kind of pleased with how it turned out. not sure how long that feeling will last; give me some time & i’m sure to find things that i don’t like about it… but right now, i’m in the all-excited “i-made-this-&-ain’t-it-cool!” phase.
    since i don’t have many friends, & i’m running out of people to bug, i’m like, totally spamming u with this, dude!
    the location is the John McCrae House, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada (birthplace & memorial).
    he’s the guy who wrote this:
    In Flanders fields the poppies grow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.
    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.
    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.
    — Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872 – 1918)
    hope you enjoy the photo anyway; i like your blog, though i don’t post comments usually
    (btw when is the next dotfc ep. coming?)

  3. It is ironic that on a day that we are supposed to remember and honor the sacrifice of our veterans, we face a tragedy such as what occurred this week at Fort Hood. It is one thing for our solders to face the enemy in open combat but to be gunned down by one of their own comrades on home soil just turns my stomach. A vietnam vet in my hometown actually tried to send the gunman yellow roses and a card calling him a hero.
    I urge everyone to find more meaningful ways of honoring the those who sacrificed so much in the name of freedom and to remember those who never did come home.

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