8:20 AM, May 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
From the boss's newsletter, marking Memorial Day:
In a week we observe Memorial Day, the most moving of American holidays. In light of that I particularly recommend the just published book, Brothers Forever. It's an account of the friendship of U.S. Marine 1st Lieutenant Travis Manion, killed in action in April 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq, and U.S. Navy LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney, killed in action in September 2010, in Zabul province, Afghanistan. The book, written by Travis's father, Col. Tom Manion, and the journalist Tom Sileo, is a gripping account of friendship, war, sacrifice, and valor. As retired Marine General Jim Mattis remarked, "For those who might question America's character, this account of two remarkable young men will restore confidence. So long as our country breeds committed warriors like Travis Manion and Brendan Looney, we will pass down our freedoms intact to the next generation. Their story is the stuff of legends, yet for them it was very real."
In conjunction with Brothers Forever you might also (re-)read Mary Katharine Ham's fine account, in the July 21, 2010 Weekly Standard, of her trip with Tom Manion to Iraq, where they met with Iraqi soldiers and civilians who had known Travis and retraced some of his steps on his final deployment. That deployment was a key part of the successful Anbar counterinsurgency that turned the war around and laid the groundwork for the almost complete success achieved by the end of 2008.
Roommates at the Naval Academy and best friends in life, Travis and Brendan are now buried side by side in section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, where, in the words of Theodore O'Hara's Bivouac of the Dead inscribed on the east side of Arlington's McClellan Gate,
On fame's eternal camping ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.
‘How Shall I Bless Him.’3:15 PM, May 4, 2014 • By ARYEH TEPPER
Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day, begins on Sunday night. Israel's Independence Day follows immediately thereafter on Monday night.
2:07 PM, May 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a ceremony marking Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, President Barack Obama said that most Americans are able to remain unaffected by war.
10:02 AM, May 27, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On this Memorial Day, as on others, every American will turn to his own thoughts and prayers, and recall his own favorite speeches, music, and poetry. Memorial Day has no one dominant "text." But for those who aren't familiar with it, I recommend Theodore O'Hara's poem, "Bivouac of the Dead," written in 1847 in memory of Kentucky troops killed in the Mexican War. Various lines are inscribed at different places in Arlington Cemetery, including at the McClellan Gate. It's not, I suppose, great poetry, but I've always found it moving.
7:06 PM, May 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
MSNBC host Chris Hayes has issued an apology one day after saying on national television that he is "uncomfortable" with calling fallen soldiers "heroes."
4:21 PM, May 28, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
President Obama, an avid follower of left-wing media, is surely aware of the controversial remark by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who explained yesterday, in a discussion of Memorial Day on MSNBC, that he felt “uncomfortable” using the word “hero” for an American killed in battle:
12:39 PM, May 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Over the weekend, MSNBC host Chris Hayes told his viewers that he's "uncomfortable" with calling "war dead and the fallen ... 'heroes.'" Now, the Veterans of Foreign Wars group have responded by saying that Hayes's comments "are reprehensible and disgusting" and are asking for the MSNBC host to apologize.
12:00 AM, May 28, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
A fair number of Americans would probably tell you that Memorial Day is held to celebrate the Indy 500. And, even those who are aware of why, actually, the day has been set aside tend to honor it in the breech, if at all. On my way, every year, to the service in our town, I am struck by how many more cars are parked near the golf course than in the church parking lot.
But that, of course, is one of the glories of America.
10:29 AM, May 27, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Paul Mirengoff at Powerline has a post in his series, "This Day in Baseball History," reminding us that it was fifty years ago yesterday, May 26, 1962, that the Detroit Tigers defeated the Yankees 2-1 at Yankee Stadium:
10:54 AM, May 30, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama named nominees of new military brass today, on Memorial Day, for the positions of chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, vice chair of the Joint Chiefs, and chief of staff of the Army. USA Today reports: