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Lest We Forget: Column ideas needed to honor our veterans

By Victoria Advocate
June 23, 2010 at 1:23 a.m.


By Peter RieszBY PETER REISZ

There will be some change coming in the way my article will be presented in the future. I have been writing and sharing with you since March 19, 2007 on a weekly basis. I have covered a wide variety of military related subjects.

These articles have given me a wonderful opportunity to re-visit the eight proud years I spent in the Army Medical Corps. In doing so, I had the opportunity to recall many fond memories of these times spent with my late wife, Jean, and our children during two assignments in Europe.

Now I am at a crossroads. Frankly, I am sort of running out of gas. I find it more difficult to come up with a subject on a weekly basis. On talking with the Advocate's editor, Chris Cobler, he has generously agreed to allow me to continue the Lest We Forget series, but not on a weekly basis. The Advocate will allow me to submit an article when an appropriate subject strikes me. That is just fine with me.

Subjects I would like to push are the Victoria County Veterans Council efforts to upgrade the monuments to our war dead at the Victoria County Courthouse. We have a good start with the new World War I plaque. Also, a group of dedicated veterans still have a strong desire to establish a significant, tourist-attracting military museum right here in town. This would take considerable hard thinking and support of all our citizens. I also need to review my old articles as I think I may have slighted the Korean War veterans by not covering their deaths on active duty in detail.

Many thanks to The Victoria Advocate for allowing me this platform to present veteran related subjects to the public. My motivation for this series is a real concern. If we do not keep our veterans in our thoughts, they will become a forgotten segment of our society within several decades. The numbers speak against the public having much knowledge about our veterans. With the all volunteer services since the 1970's, we now have fewer than 2 million citizens on active duty. Compare that to the maximum during World War II when there were 19,000,000 in uniform.

I would like to thank the people at the Advocate who have helped and supported me including Robbi, Becky, Shari and Chris. If you think of subjects which might be of interest in the future, please let me know your ideas.

.The tumult and the shouting dies

The captains and the kings depart

Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,

An humble and a contrite heart.

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget, lest we forget!

From "Recessional" by Rudyard Kipling, June 22, 1897

This column is a research project of Dr. Peter B. Riesz. Contact Riesz at pbriesz@suddenlink.net or 361-575-4600.

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