“The dead men would not want us to gloat.”
Those words come from Ernie Pyle, the war correspondent who covered World War II from the inside out ... from the trenches, tents and ditches, shoulder to shoulder with the troops. He watched them fight — and saw many die — before he, too, was eventually cut down by machine-gun fire.
His words seem appropriate today as Memorial Day observances unfold with dignity and humility in our hometowns.
From the heat of battle, he wrote: