Sunday, May 27, 2018

Remembrance and Forgiveness

Each poppy is adorned with a ribbon. Each ribbon is emblazoned with the name of a veteran.
The American Legion Auxiliary, Cherbourg and Battle Post 388 sponsored the "Field of Poppies" to remember and honor Sag Harbor's Veterans. The Poppies were 'planted' during a ceremony in front of the WWI Memorial on Main Street. Each Veteran's name was read as the poppy in their honor was placed in the lawn. JoAnn Lyles, who lost her son, Lance Cpl. Jordan C. Haerter in Iraq, coordinated the project.
"What we're hoping is people will read all the names to find the one they're looking for, speak their names and they're not forgotten." - JoAnne Lyles via Sag Harbor Express
In memory of Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan C. Haerter.
The poppies of Sag Harbor.

We remember.

I am in the midst of reading "The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn" by Robert P. Watson. The book recounts the story of the American 'rebels' who were imprisoned by the British during the Revolutionary War on the notorious prison hulk Jerseyin Wallabout Bay, Brooklyn. The British were so horrible to the captured 'rebels' that historical accounts estimate that over 11,500 perished on this one ship; nearly three times as many as those reported as perishing in actual battles during the revolution. I think of 1776 as the United States' year of independence, but the last prisoners were taken off the Jersey in 1783. Seven years! 
The British Royal Navy ship HMS Jersey. via
Plan of the City of New York showing "Brookline" as a mosaic of farms. Wallabout Bay is shown on the map just below the "E" in East River and is the location of today's Brooklyn Navy Yard. Map Rendition by Army Lieutenant Bernard Ratzer, 1770. via

The recent Royal Wedding was stunning on many levels. 
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Photo by Yui Mok, Press Association via

We forgive.

Under the spell of Ghost Ship, the wedding struck me as a sign of forgiveness. With what we humans do to each other on a daily basis throughout history, it is a sign of hope.