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Ben Franklin's bifocals Sunday, May 31, 2009

Poet Walt Whitman as a yound man    Poet Walt Whitman
[1819 - Walt Whitman, poet, journalist, essayist, born in West Hills, New York]

Johnstown, a wall of water comes

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, after flood disaster

Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood
[1889 - Johnstown, Pennsylvania, flood causes 2,300 deaths]

Radio Commedian Fred Allen
[1894 - Fred Allen (John Florence Sullivan), comedian,
radio star, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts]

Actor Denholm Elliott
[1922 - Denholm Elliott, actor, born in London]

Lawyer Edward Bennett Williams
[1920 - Edward Bennett Williams, attorney, football &
baseball team owner, born in Hartford, Connecticut]

A Pilgrimage

Lincoln Memorial

Jefferson Memorial interior with his Statue

Tomb of the Unknowns - guard patrols

Our Capitol with fine monuments abounds.
You come upon them just strolling around.
Some are temples, some are statues.
Most extol their object's virtues.

One you can visit that is not like that,
Stands like a stranger in the midst of heroes.
A stark black wall with names upon it.
Fifty-eight followed by three more zeros.

It marks the war that wasn't needed.
It commemorates the voice unheeded.
You will not visit without emotion,
Now, shed a tear for their devotion.

Vietnam Memorial - The Wall

William's Whimsical Words:


Simple Tribute at the Wall

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