Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Universal Brotherhood

In honor of Veteran's Day this year, I decided to reflect upon the admirable qualities that all good troops share, no matter the country, the century, or the cause. There are remarkable similarities among all excellent military troops down through the ages, just a few of which are:
  • Love of country
  • Dedication to duty
  • Loyalty to brothers-in-arms
  • Acceptance of authority
  • Courage in danger
  • Bravery in battle
  • Commitment to victory
  • Honor in defeat
  • Respect for all warriors
You'll find all of the above attributes depicted in the 1964 film, "Zulu," an adaptation of the Battle of Rorke's Drift in South Africa, 1879. If you enjoy movies that entertain while they inform and inspire and haven't yet seen that film, I recommend it. As they prepare for their crucial battle, the British soldiers literally sing in the face of death. It's a scene that will raise the tiny hairs on the back of your neck.

The men sing an old Welsh song, with special lyrics created for the film:

Men of Harlech stop your dreaming
Can't you see their spear points gleaming
See their warrior's pennants streaming
To this battle field

Men of Harlech stand ye steady
It cannot be ever said ye
For the battle were not ready
Stand and never yield

Form the hills rebounding
Let this war cry sounding
Summon all at Cambria's call
The mighty force surrounding

Men of Harlech onto glory
This shall ever be your story
Keep these fighting words before ye
Cambria (Welshmen never) will not yield

Veteran's Day, 2010 - Thanks to all the men and women of the U.S. armed forces throughout our country's history. Because of you, we are free.