THERE was a time in Europe long ago
When no man died for freedom anywhere,
But England’s lion leaping from its lair
Laid hands on the oppressor! it was so
While England could a great Republic show.
Witness the men of Piedmont, chiefest care
Of Cromwell, when with impotent despair
The Pontiff in his painted portico
Trembled before our stern ambassadors.
How comes it then that from such high estate
We have thus fallen, save that Luxury
With barren merchandise piles up the gate
Where nobler thoughts and deeds should enter by:
Else might we still be Milton’s heritors.
*I know, I know… it’s a poem less about Ireland and more about the United Kingdom. Okay, granted — it’s all about England and its fall from dynastic grace but it sure seems applicable to today’s current United Empire, no?
On Sunday, the fam and I visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
It’s a beautiful place.
Usually when we go there it’s almost always on a whim, a spur of the moment thing.
As if its spirit overcomes us and compels us to visit.
But on Sunday, we wanted to go knowing that Veteran’s Day was forthcoming.
And we wanted to put ourselves in the presence of the most honorable of veterans.
True heroes fighting for the truest of causes.
But we also went knowing that it wasn’t just a reflection for today, the day my country honors all who serve and have served in defense of Freedom & Liberty.
We went knowing that Sunday was Remembrance Day. A day which our good friends in the United Kingdom reserve for reflecting on the sacrifices of their heroes.
During my years of service, I was fortunate enough, honored, to be able to serve closely with many fine soldiers and sailors, veterans in defense of Freedom & Liberty, from the United Kingdom. I made many good friends.
I also served closely with those from Canada, Australia, Japan, and other countries. I made many more good friends.
I am a lucky old sailor who is honored to have served with such honorable men and women from all over this fine yet feisty planet of ours…
It’s not much, but to honor all veterans around the globe who serve in defense of Freedom & Liberty, I offer my novel THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR and LEAVE: A SHORT STORY to all for free. The novel will be available for free until Midnight tonight (PST) and the short story will be available until Midnight tomorrow night (PST).
Those in the United States can get their copies here
All others around the world can get theirs here
And you can always find a free selection of stories right here
PEACE …through superior fire power
All I want to know about this controversial vote is…how are the Bay City Rollers voting?