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Lawyers, Bloggers and Memorial Day

In the small town where I live, Memorial Day touches the community with an intimacy so direct as to move even those who've never known loss through war. A modest parade wends its way through town, in which people you pass on the street every day now sit proudly in convertibles or march straight-backed in their former uniforms. They make their way to an old cemetery, where children recite "In Flanders Fields," town leaders pay homage in speeches and ceremony, and every set of eyes seems tinged with sadness. Perhaps the most moving speech this year came from a well-known local lawyer who, I learned for the first time, is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve with a distinguished record of service as a Judge Advocate General.

For me, it was a reminder that in all walks of life, law included, there are those who carry with them every day the scars and memories of military service, invisible to the rest of us. That link between Memorial Day and the legal profession was brought home in this week's Blawg Review #59, where the Blawg Review editor observed:

"Memorial Day is one of the best holidays we have because it's one of the few we haven't ruined by shifting the focus to consumption and entertainment.

"Memorial Day, thankfully, isn't about us -- it's about them."

This special edition of Blawg Review acknowledges Memorial Day with a virtual moment of silence -- a tour of Web sites related to the day's observance. Eventually, it makes its way to the more routine business at hand -- reviewing the week's blawg postings -- but not without a nod to lawyers who have served, such as lawyer/blogger/soldier Phillip Carter, and not without this moving Haiku from lawyer/blogger/poet David Giacalone:

the old protestor
sheds a tear
vietnam memorial

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 1, 2006 at 03:39 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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