In honor of Veterans day, the List Project is beginning a new series of posts entitled Veteran’s Voices. In the future we hope to provide our readership with a broad spectrum of stories from Iraq War veterans. For many soldiers in Iraq, their Iraqi translators were their eyes and ears in a strange new environment. Because of this, many soldiers developed life-long bonds with their Iraqi colleagues. When these Iraqis lives were endangered, our American soldiers were one of the first groups of people to speak up and demand that these Iraqis and their families be given safe passage to the United States.
For our first post on this 92nd anniversary of Veterans Day, we here at the List project would like to provide you a link to the website of Abu Muqawama, who has been posting a good deal of poetry written by veterans from a number of different wars.
Especially poignant was his post of Stephen Crane’s “War is Kind” Here is an excerpt:
Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind,
Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky
And the affrighted steed ran on alone,
Do not weep.
War is kind.
We would like to thank all our veterans for their service to our country. We hope that with our coming posts in the Veteran’s Voices series we can continue to express our gratitude for their service and their sacrifice.