Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.
-henry wadsworth longfellow
(from decoration day)
He has a way with words and reminds us
that while our soldiers may have suffered and paid the ultimate price,
it is our duty to remember them.
“if we are to teach real peace in this world,
and if we are to carry on a real war against war,
we shall have to begin with the children.”
“I don’t think any man can exactly explain combat. It’s beyond words.” – Soldier, WWII
Based on newly discovered personal correspondence from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War, War Letters brings to life vivid eyewitness accounts of famous battles, intimate declarations of love and longing, poignant letters penned just before the writer was killed, and heartbreaking “Dear John” letters from home.
War Letters premiered on television in 2001.
Visit American Experience for bonus videos,
timelines and transcripts of letters from war.
“letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.”
-johann wolfgang von goethe
dedicated to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice on this Memorial Day and every day.
sources: pbs.org, American Expérience, Chapman University, chapman.edu