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"REUNION ALWAYS WE WILL THINK OF YOU IN SUNLIGHT. WHITE HATS TOSSED HIGH IN THE JUNE AIR, TURNING FREELY, BRASS SHIELD AND BLACK BILL, SHINY AS THE MOMENT, HELD ALOFT BY OUR COLLECTIVE JOY. IT SEEMED THAT THEY WOULD NOT COME DOWN, BUT REMAIN SUSPENDED AS WE TURNED BENEATH THEM TO GRASP EACH OTHER’S HANDS. UP THERE STILL, AS WE SOUGHT A CERTAIN FRIEND TO SAY THINGS FAR TO SERIOUS FOR YOUNG MEN. THERE STILL, AS WE HUGGED THE PEOPLE WE LOVED TOO LONG APART. STILL THERE, MOVING WESTWARD, AS THE IMPATIENT PLANET SPUN BENEATH THEM. IT WAS MARCH WHEN THE FIRST ONE FELL. SOILED AND TATTERED WITH NO HINT OF SUNLIGHT, OTHERS FELL. WE WERE YOUNG MEN, UNCERTAIN HOW TO GRIEVE, CLINCHING OUR JAWS AGAINST THE AWFUL ROLL CALL. THE YEARS HAVE CHANGED US ALL. OUR RINGS ARE WORN SMOOTH BY THE FRICTION OF OUR OWN FLESH. YOUNG COMRADES HAVE BECOME COMPANIONS WITH THE SHARING OF OUR LIVES. WE HAVE COME TO SHARE WITH YOU AGAIN, AS GROWN MEN UNAFRAID OF SORROW, AND SO, UNAFRAID OF JOY. WE HAVE GATHERED FOR REUNION, TO WALK TOGETHER THE SPAN OF BLACK STONE AND SEE YOUR NAMES BLAZE WHITE IN SUNLIGHT, AND SEE THEM RISE ABOVE US TURNING FREELY, HELD ALOFT BY OUR COLLECTIVE LOVE, TO JOIN AGAIN THE WHITE HATS TOSSED HIGH IN THE JUNE AIR." --Admin, 07/04/07
"Many of us served. We know how we were treated at home. I served 20 years in the Navy and one of the finest things I've seen in my life is the recognition that the current men and women of the Armed Forces receive from Americans. They serve and carry out the policies of the United States - they are not the policy. I wish the Americans of the '60s could have understood that - I think the hurt that so many Vietnam Vets went through could have been made much easier. We speak often of reunions: Below is from the 20th reunion of the Naval Accademy, class of 1967. Jack Tomlinson" --Admin, 01/31/09
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