(written about 2000 by Mike Powers)
Powers claims that he takes annual trips to
Powers said a loiterer asked the mob of charges and their caretakers whence they had traveled.
Powers said when the loiterer heard they were cheese-heads, he told them that he was James Bradley, author of a book, and offered to tell them a story if they would come closer to him.
Bradley claimed to be descended from one of the government employees.
Bradley repeatedly said that juveniles, not senior citizens, won the
Bradley likened Marine life to school life: in which 250 guys enjoy doing together everything during a year, then go to the beach, and 223 guys die. He said that Hayes, while drunk from trying to erase the pain of horrific mental images, died ten years after the photo opp.
Bradley reminisced that a teacher idolized his dad as a hero. His dad disagreed by admonishing him to remember that the guys who died were the heroes. The guys who died were the heroes.
Bradley summarized that three juveniles died and three juveniles returned acclaimed heroes from the historically worst battle fought by the Marines. He thanked his listeners and ended his remarks.
Powers perceives the idol as more than scrap with a rag on top. To Powers, the idol lives because an adult son of an amorphous hero spoke.
[We need to remember that God created this vast and glorious world for us to live in, freely, but also at great sacrifice
[Let us never forget from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terrorism and all the wars in-between that sacrifice was made for our freedom.
[Remember to pray praises for this great country of ours and also pray for those still in murderous unrest around the world.
[STOP and thank God for being alive and being free at someone else's sacrifice.
[REMINDER: Everyday that you can wake up free, it's going to be a great day.
[One thing I learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC that is not mentioned here is ... that if you look at the statue very closely and count the number of 'hands' raising the flag, there are 13. When the man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the hand of God.