Civil War re-enactment to honor veter...

Civil War re-enactment to honor veterans, past and present

There are 11 comments on the Battle Creek Enquirer story from May 27, 2008, titled Civil War re-enactment to honor veterans, past and present. In it, Battle Creek Enquirer reports that:

Memorial Day weekend events WHAT: Civil War Days. WHEN: Friday through Monday. WHERE: Branch County 4-H Fairgrounds, Coldwater; downtown Coldwater.

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Coldwater, MI

#1 Jun 3, 2008
I think the reenactments should remind of the things we would rather forget. More than 80,000 casualties at Gettysburg and Chickamauga. These events represent more than bravery--then also represent stupidity.

A Poem by Wislawa Szymborska
The End and the Beginning

After every war
someone has to clean up.
Things won't
straighten themselves up, after all.

Someone has to push the rubble
to the sides of the road,
so the corpse-laden wagons
can pass.

Someone has to get mired
in scum and ashes,
sofa springs,
splintered glass,
and bloody rags.

Someone must drag in a girder
to prop up a wall,
Someone must glaze a window,
rehang a door.

Photogenic it's not,
and takes years.
All the cameras have left
for another war.

Again we'll need bridges
and new railway stations.
Sleeves will go ragged
from rolling them up.

Someone, broom in hand,
still recalls how it was.
Someone listens
and nods with unsevered head.

Yet others milling about
already find it dull.

From behind the bush
sometimes someone still unearths
rust-eaten arguments
and carries them to the garbage pile.

Those who knew
what was going on here
must give way to
those who know little.
And less than little.
And finally as little as nothing.

In the grass which has overgrown
reasons and causes,
someone must be stretched out
blade of grass in his mouth
gazing at the clouds.

Coldwater, MI

#2 Jun 4, 2008
Yes, I agree.

Civil War reenactments portray war as heroic and act to "brainwash" our youth as to its glory, rather than portraying its death and gore.

As a result, we are susceptible to propaganda about "bringing it on" as made famous by President Bush. Then when it occurs, we are then honor bound to continue our stupidity of trying to rule the world. At the same time our precious youth are killed and crippled for life for reasons that turn out to be false.

Coldwater, MI

#3 Jun 4, 2008
I agree. It is time for change.

Coldwater, MI

#4 Jun 7, 2008
yeah, right, sally

there's only one way to interpret these events
and it is your interpretation alone

how con-VEEEE-nient

how do YOU honor brave men and women, sally?

oh, you don't? that explains it

Marshall, MI

#5 Jun 9, 2008
This is how you bury a topic on topix

Coldwater, MI

#6 Jun 19, 2008
We honor brave men and women like when I was a child. By placing wreaths with ribbons on the graves of all the veterans on Decoration Day and attending services on Memorial/Decoration Day.

We honor the living who have contributed much to our community--like Jerry Ford, Bob Betts, and Mr. Hoffman.

But we as civilians could also honor and remember them in the Civil War reenactments as in the original poem.

After every war
someone has to clean up.
Things won't
straighten themselves up, after all.

Someone has to push the rubble
to the sides of the road,
so the corpse-laden wagons
can pass.

Someone has to get mired
in scum and ashes,
sofa springs,
splintered glass,
and bloody rags.

Coldwater, MI

#7 Jun 27, 2008
That was a very moving poem -- thank you for sharing it with us! The good Lord bless you!
Bye Bye

Coldwater, MI

#8 Jun 28, 2008
Bye Bye Teachers
US Grant

Coldwater, MI

#9 Jun 29, 2008
Man, I dig the threads you cats wear. Groovy.

Coldwater, MI

#10 Jun 29, 2008
I think they are hideous.

Coldwater, MI

#11 Jul 1, 2008
After reading all the postings on teachers etc., I think I have a better understand of why we have wars. I found the following.

'Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography.'--Paul Rodriguez

Think how much more we could learn if we reenacted more battles thruout history, as suggested in the following poem by Wislawa Szymborska

"Reality demands"

Reality demands
we also state the following:
life goes on.
It does so near Cannae and Borodino,
at Kosovo Polje and Guernica.

There is a gas station
in a small plaza in Jericho,
and freshly painted
benches near Bila Hora.
Letters travel
between Pearl Harbor and Hastings,
a furniture truck passes
before the eyes of the lion of Cheronea,
and only an atmospheric front advances
towards the blossoming orchards near Verdun.

There is so much of Everything
that Nothing is quite well concealed.
Music flows
from yachts near Actium
and couples on board dance in the sunlight.

So much keeps happening,
that it must be happening everywhere.
Where stone is heaped on stone,
there is an ice cream truck
besieged by children.
Where Hiroshima had been,
Hiroshima is again
manufacturing products
for everyday use.

Not without its charms is this terrible world,
not without its mornings
worth our waking.

In the fields of Maciejowice
the grass is green
and on the grass is -- you know how grass is --
transparent dew.

Maybe there are no fields other than battlefields,
those still remembered,
and those long forgotten,
birch woods and cedar woods,
snows and sands, iridescent swamps,
and ravines of dark defeat
where today, in sudden need,
you squat behind a bush.

What moral flows from this? Maybe none.
But what really flows is quickly-drying blood,
and as always, some rivers and clouds.
On the tragic mountain passes

the wind blows hats off heads
and we cannot help--
but laugh.

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