Monday, November 15, 2010
Why It Matters- Veterans Day
Lots of students say, "YAY, another day off!!", but I wish they would do something that acknowledges the accomplishments and sacrifices of the strong, brave men and women who gave their lives for an ideology, and a way of life. Very often we read the poetry of men and women from the Renaissance, and realize that although the words have modernized, the messages and themes of loss linger. Just as Ben Jonson's epigram to his son, 'On My First Son,' writes in the 16th century, that .."here lies my best piece of poetry...", many parents today lament losing their children in wars. Find an example of their poetry in the website below, examine how it moves you to think and feel. Reflect on loss, and how we honor our dead today.