Tag: Danny Boy

A Tale Of Two Funerals

Posted September 4th, 2018
A Tale Of Two Funerals

I remember my mother glued to our old black-and-white television in November 1963 and Kennedy’s funeral procession as it wended its way ultimately to Arlington National Cemetery. I watched some of it—I was eleven—and remember the views of the caisson and the riderless horse, empty boots turned backward in the stirrups. The shock of the…

WWI: O Canada

Posted November 6th, 2011
WWI: O Canada

In 1917, Canadian troops, with extraordinary valor and grotesque losses, took ground held by Germans since 1914. Vimy is now an enormous park; the terrain, grassy and green, retains the topography created by shellfire and the craters left my mines exploded in tunnels under German trenches. Visitors are kept to walkways by electric fences and scarlet…