Old Soldiers And Young
May 30, 2016
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With no apologies to General MacArthur, old soldiers do die. So do young ones. They are still doing so, whether or not we decide their cause is just.
I came across a marker for Jacob Blough in a cemetery near Johnstown PA — before thunder and lightning made me leave before I ended up there too.
Blough fought in the American war for independence with the Pennsylvania militia. He lived until 1810. Seeing his gravestone made me ponder the following:
- Did he see action? If so where?
- How did he feel about fighting against his former countrymen on the British side; perhaps killing them and watching his own comrades die for the sake of freedom?
- Did he ever question the cause of American independence? Or did he believe in it wholeheartedly and without doubt?
- What kind of life did he have after his service? Did he find a job and family and happiness?
I also wondered what we would think of Blough if he fought for independence today. Would we consider him a terrorist or a freedom fighter? Or both? Could I fight and die for the cause beside him? Or would I reveal myself as a coward? Or a fanatic? Which is worse? — DA