Thanks, Gents. Just one other thought, not to be maudlin about it, but though this is a normally upbeat and genial gathering there are times to be serious as well. Not all the soldiers and sailors that didn't make it are among the many dead, there are an amazing number living on the streets, in the mountains, in jail and those others living normal
lives minimized by their experiences in war. They, of course, should be cared for by the government
and people who sent them through the emotional meat grinder.
But further, IMHO, it would be a big step forward for our country and it's security
, if we managed to reign in the impulse in our leadership to send more young bright souls into harms way to achieve an economic goal for large corporate interests in the future. The cost is high for the young warriors, who go, and do and see things that make a normal productive and imaginative life quite difficult or impossible thereafter. But, I think, the cost is even larger in scale for our or any nation in the loss of talent & brians, social cohesion and cultural continuity.
is running out so we best just get on designing and building the already available alternative energy sources into viable grids for delivery
. Then we can sell it to the rest of the world. I feel sure that is a much better way toward the future.
If you need it, take it MODS.