Memorial For All Our Troops

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
By W.B. Yeats

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.

To everyone who has served, thank you.


2 thoughts on “Memorial For All Our Troops

  1. …Is that Sean Astin?

    Sorry, sorry to disrupt the reverent atmosphere. I am so immensely grateful for our soldiers. They’re all men as flawed and beaten-up as the rest of us, but whatever their reasons for joining the military, they voluntarily offer their lives for our protection. Such a sacrifice is deserving of utmost respect.

    I’m interested in this movie now, even though they seem to be attributing the Yeats poem to their fictional character.

    • Yes, that is a young Sam Astin!

      It is a very good movie. And generally well acted, except for the lead actor. They do correct the lie of the young poet soldier later on. And what is mainly interesting is seeing the comraderie and interplays between all of the men. It does go as deep or range as wide as is it could have. (It is not Band of Brothers.) But it is still a beautiful reminder of the sacrifices of soldiers, then and now.

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