Welcome to the Words After War Weekly Round-Up: “Memorial Day” Edition. In this space we share links relevant to our mission of improving the military-civilian dialogue through high-quality literary programming.
This week, for Memorial Day, a number of moving essays were written that honored the sacrifice of our nation’s fallen. Let us read these essays and pause for a moment to honor all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of our nation. Let us also honor the sacrifice of those families who will never again be whole. And tomorrow, as we continue on with our day-to-day, let us not forget that we are a country still at war.
Here we go.
- Alex Horton has penned an excellent piece for The Daily Beast on the kinds of lives his fallen friends might have lived.
- The Los Angeles Review of Books marks Memorial Day with a special series on war literature.
- For the New Republic, Elliot Ackerman writes about the “Extraordinary Bravery on the Streets of Fallujah.”
- The Washington Post ran a thought-provoking story about three wounded vets who found closure in Afghanistan.
- Buzzfeed’s Steve Kandell wrote a poignant essay on his visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, nearly thirteen years after his sister’s death.
- In The Daily Beast, vet writer Kate Hoit brings attention to the sacrifice of the nearly 200 women service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- For The Wall Street Journal, Phil Klay wrote an op-ed on why the nation needs to treat veterans with respect, not pity.
Have a good week.