Monday, May 27, 2013

We Remember and We Honor

 We fly the flags and we sing the songs for all of our fallen.

"No Man's Land" is a song written in 1976 by Scottish-Austrian singer-songwriter Eric Bogle about a young man who died at the age of nineteen in World War I.  In his words, It's a song that was written about the military cemeteries in Flanders and Northern France.  In 1976 my wife and I went to three or four of those military cemeteries and saw all the young solders."
According to the song and the grave stone, Willie McBride died when he was nineteen years old.  I never met him.

I never met this young man, either -- a casualty of World War II.  He died in the South Pacific when he was also nineteen years old.

He was my uncle and his name was Jerry Walker.

1 comment:

Tom Walker said...

Thank you, Mary. I was thinking of Jerry yesterday and wishing I had some way of remembering him. This definitely does the job.