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    Default When can their glory fade?

    A story of Honor and Courage, which never gets old.

    The Charge Of The Light Brigade
    by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Memorializing Events in the Battle of Balaclava, October 25, 1854
    Written 1854

    Half a league half a league,
    Half a league onward,
    All in the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred:
    'Forward, the Light Brigade!
    Charge for the guns' he said:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
    Was there a man dismay'd ?
    Not tho' the soldier knew
    Some one had blunder'd:
    Theirs not to make reply,
    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do & die,
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon in front of them
    Volley'd & thunder'd;
    Storm'd at with shot and shell,
    Boldly they rode and well,
    Into the jaws of Death,
    Into the mouth of Hell
    Rode the six hundred.

    Flash'd all their sabres bare,
    Flash'd as they turn'd in air
    Sabring the gunners there,
    Charging an army while
    All the world wonder'd:
    Plunged in the battery-smoke
    Right thro' the line they broke;
    Cossack & Russian
    Reel'd from the sabre-stroke,
    Shatter'd & sunder'd.
    Then they rode back, but not
    Not the six hundred.

    Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon behind them
    Volley'd and thunder'd;
    Storm'd at with shot and shell,
    While horse & hero fell,
    They that had fought so well
    Came thro' the jaws of Death,
    Back from the mouth of Hell,
    All that was left of them,
    Left of six hundred.

    When can their glory fade?
    O the wild charge they made!
    All the world wonder'd.
    Honour the charge they made!
    Honour the Light Brigade,
    Noble six hundred!

    I understand some around here may not understand what honor and courage actually means.

    Chad
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    Default Re: When can their glory fade?

    A precursor to the slaughter of WWI, lions led by donkeys.

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    Default Re: When can their glory fade?

    Not quite, more of a problem with the chain of command and a mis-communication.

    'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
    Was there a man dismay'd ?

    Not tho' the soldier knew
    Some one had blunder'd:
    Theirs not to make reply,
    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do & die,
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.
    Have you read this Chad?
    http://www.amazon.com/HOMICIDAL-EARL.../dp/0316641650
    We don't know how lucky we are....

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    Default Re: When can their glory fade?

    Glory or not is in the eye of the beholder. Pretty much like any other bit of life.

    If you want a perspective, and have not been there yourself, and maybe even if you have, of the current war IMHO read Krakauer's tale of Pat Tillman.

    There are many angles you can see a set of boat plans from. The normal are the 3 or 4 views. ( profile view, body plan, half breadth view, and diagonals). But beyond this are an unlimited number of perspectives that could be used to take and record the actual shape of a boat but are not used because of current convention.

    How could the reality of the physical world be described with any precision utilizing 3 or 4 viewpoints?

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    Default Re: When can their glory fade?

    Jack, is that you?

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    Default Re: When can their glory fade?

    Not while a warrior lives, Chad.

    "Lone Survivor", by Marcus Luttrell, is an excellent telling of a nearly unbelievable story of combat survival.

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    Default Re: When can their glory fade?

    The Victoria Cross, Britain's highest award for courage in the face of the enemy, is a bronze medal, not a gold one. It is made from Russian cannon captured and melted down.
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