Reflections on Veterans Day

SONGS for VETERANS DAY (patriotic & critiques, plus songs from different veteran and veterans’ family experiences):

Excerpt from Second Inaugural Address Abraham Lincoln

… public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation … Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully … With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

Justice for Veterans and the Vulnerable: A Veterans Day Reflection (excerpt) — Bruce Epperly

… Instituted in gratitude for victory in World War I, Woodrow Wilson made the following affirmation regarding Armistice Day, the precursor to Veterans Day: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

While such words can be seen as platitudes, they remind us that “peace” and “justice” should be the goal of all national policies. They also remind us, in a time of growing individualism and me-first politics and economics, that national health depends on sacrifice — not just in times of war, but in our civic responsibility, human rights, and tax paying. Ironically, some of the people who most vigorously wave our flag are the most self-interested when it comes to our nation’s responsibility to support its most vulnerable citizens.

Veterans Day is about gratitude and stewardship. On Veterans Day, we proclaim our gratitude to those whose service in the military has secured our freedoms through the years. Whether or not we approve of our nation’s foreign policy, we need to support the everyday people — mostly working class, often minority — who fight our nation’s wars. We need to say “thank you.” But our thanksgiving should lead to action, both in support of the well-being of veterans, especially those who have been injured or traumatized by war, and in our own commitment to the common good and our nation’s care for its most vulnerable citizens, those for whom our soldiers sacrifice.

It is easy, as the prophets and Jesus both noted, to speak of sacrifice, without making the commitment to sacrifice for the well-being of our neighbors. When Veterans Day is understood in the spirit of the biblical tradition, it reminds us that there is no such thing as rugged individualism or absolute property rights; everything is a gift from God to be used for the well-being of others as well as our own kin. Sacrifice is not just the responsibility of veterans; it is required of all who would follow the way of Jesus. In the spirit of Wilson’s proclamation, justice and peace should guide our national and personal decision-making. Accordingly, remembrance of the sacrifices made by veterans challenges us to ask: Do our actions promote the overall well-being of our nation’s peoples and this good earth? Do we focus on our own welfare to the exclusion of our neighbor? What are we willing to sacrifice so that others may live abundantly? God’s vision of abundant life is always about “us” as well as “mine.”

So, on Veterans Day, let us be grateful and let our gratitude inspire us to generosity and commitment to the well-being of our nation, most especially its most vulnerable citizens and veterans who suffer the ravages of war. Then, our love of nation will take us beyond nationalism or self-interest to the affirmation of our role as God’s partners in healing the earth. ###

The Veteran Dorothy Parker

When I was young and bold and strong,
Oh, right was right, and wrong was wrong!
My plume on high, my flag unfurled,
I rode away to right the world.
“Come out, you dogs, and fight!” said I,
And wept there was but once to die.

But I am old; and good and bad
Are woven in a crazy plaid.
I sit and stay, “The world is so;
And he is wise who lets it go.
A battle lost, a battle won—
The difference is small, my son.”

Inertia rides and riddles me;
The which is called Philosophy.
 


To a Soldier in Hospital Winifred M. Letts

Courage came to you with your boyhood’s grace
     Of ardent life and limb.
Each day new dangers steeled you to the test,
     To ride, to climb, to swim.
Your hot blood taught you carelessness of death
          With every breath.

So when you went to play another game
     You could not but be brave:
An Empire’s team, a rougher football field,
     The end—perhaps your grave.
What matter? On the winning of a goal
          You staked your soul.

Yes, you wore courage as you wore your youth
     With carelessness and joy.
But in what Spartan school of discipline
     Did you get patience, boy?
How did you learn to bear this long-drawn pain
          And not complain?

Restless with throbbing hopes, with thwarted aims,
     Impulsive as a colt,
How do you lie here month by weary month
     Helpless, and not revolt?
What joy can these monotonous days afford
          Here in a ward?

Yet you are merry as the birds in spring,
     Or feign the gaiety,
Lest those who dress and tend your wound each day
     Should guess the agony.
Lest they should suffer—this the only fear
          You let draw near.

Greybeard philosophy has sought in books
     And argument this truth,
That man is greater than his pain, but you
     Have learnt it in your youth.
You know the wisdom taught by Calvary
          At twenty-three.

Death would have found you brave, but braver still
     You face each lagging day,
A merry Stoic, patient, chivalrous,
     Divinely kind and gay.
You bear your knowledge lightly, graduate
          Of unkind Fate.

Careless philosopher, the first to laugh,
     The latest to complain.
Unmindful that you teach, you taught me this
     In your long fight with pain:
Since God made man so good—here stands my creed—
          God’s good indeed. 


What Governments Say to Women (excerpt) — Alice Duer Miller

I. In Time of War

Help us. Your country needs you;
   Show that you love her,
Give her your men to fight,
   Ay, even to fall;
The fair, free land of your birth,
   Set nothing above her,
Not husband nor son,
   She must come first of all…


Not to Keep — Robert Frost

They sent him back to her. The letter came
Saying… and she could have him. And before
She could be sure there was no hidden ill
Under the formal writing, he was in her sight—
Living.— They gave him back to her alive—
How else? They are not known to send the dead—
And not disfigured visibly. His face?—
His hands? She had to look—to ask,
“What was it, dear?” And she had given all
And still she had all—they had—they the lucky!
Wasn’t she glad now? Everything seemed won,
And all the rest for them permissible ease.
She had to ask, “What was it, dear?”
                                                               “Enough,
Yet not enough. A bullet through and through,
High in the breast. Nothing but what good care
And medicine and rest—and you a week,
Can cure me of to go again.” The same
Grim giving to do over for them both.
She dared no more than ask him with her eyes
How was it with him for a second trial.
And with his eyes he asked her not to ask.
They had given him back to her, but not to keep. 


Thanks Yusef Komunyakaa

Thanks for the tree
between me & a sniper’s bullet.
I don’t know what made the grass
sway seconds before the Viet Cong
raised his soundless rifle.
Some voice always followed,
telling me which foot
to put down first.
Thanks for deflecting the ricochet
against that anarchy of dusk.
I was back in San Francisco
wrapped up in a woman’s wild colors,
causing some dark bird’s love call
to be shattered by daylight
when my hands reached up
& pulled a branch away
from my face. Thanks
for the vague white flower
that pointed to the gleaming metal
reflecting how it is to be broken
like mist over the grass,
as we played some deadly
game for blind gods.
What made me spot the monarch
writhing on a single thread
tied to a farmer’s gate,
holding the day together
like an unfingered guitar string,
is beyond me. Maybe the hills
grew weary & leaned a little in the heat.
Again, thanks for the dud
hand grenade tossed at my feet
outside Chu Lai. I’m still
falling through its silence.
I don’t know why the intrepid
sun touched the bayonet,
but I know that something
stood among those lost trees
& moved only when I moved.


Battleground (excerpt) —  William Trowbridge

It showed the War was as my father said:
boredom flanked by terror, a matter of keeping
low and not freezing. “You wore your helmet

square,” he said, not “at some stupid angle,
like that draft-dodger Wayne,” who died
so photogenically in The Sands of Iwa Jima ….

Events with JCC and around town: Nov 8-13

Highlights: vote, observe Veterans Day, learn about migratory birds, work on XC trails, walk in the woods, enjoy Mousetrap, go to musical tribute to Marlene Dietrich, attend community potluck at Whitney Ctr, come to C3 conversation, attend worship, choir practice, and more!

TUE, Nov 8

  • Community Service: VOTE!
    8am-7pm • Various locations in NH
  • FITNESS CLASS  with Laurie McAleer (new day of the week)
    9:30am • Jackson Community Church
    • Free to all participants.
    • Gentle, chair-based stretch and fitness for all levels of ability
  • Community Event: TICKETS for NUTCRACKER SWEETS on sale Call 207.935.4020
    • Dec 3rd (Sat) @ 5pm and Dec 4th (Sun) @ 2pm: Act One Dance Company presents Nutcracker Sweets.
    • Performed at Leura Hill Eastman PAC at the Fryeburg Academy
    • Members of our church community performing in this show.
    • Tickets will be on sale at the studio (Tina Titzer’s School of Dance) and also at Spice and Grain.
    • Note: Attending the December dance performance is an optional event to complement the church’s 3-week Advent book study of Matt Rawle’s The Gifts of the Nutcracker. JCC friends and members will attend the Saturday performance; participants must order their own tickets at phone number above.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Events: HOOT NIGHT
    • Wildcat Tavern: Jonathan Sarty hosts • 6-8:30pm

WED, Nov 9

  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Event: LIBRARY BOOK GROUP – Fight Night by Miriam Toews
    4pm • Jackson Public Library
  • COUNCIL MEETING
    7pm • Zoom link and password required – contact church for info

THURS, Nov 10

  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Service: WAY STATION 
    2-5 • Food collection & distribution
    10-6 • Open shift for drop-ins and apts.
    • Staff and volunteers of JCC participate. Operating in church basement this week: Nativity Lutheran.
  • Community Event: BIRD WATCHERS MIGRATION (Tin Mtn)
    7pm • Zoom link pending
    • Join Tin Mountain and the North Country Camera Club for a unique visual exploration of over 250 birds. Composed by award winning photographers Dick and Joan Shirley, the images follow a calendar year; beginning in the mid-winter of January, segueing into the warblers of spring & summer, entering the fall migration and finishing with the early winter birds of December. Set to a combination of bird calls and music, the photos and videos are an exciting exploration of the diverse class of avians.
    • More info: https://www.tinmountain.org/event/bird-watchers-migration-a-visual-exploration-online-program/
  • Community Resource: AA MEETING
    6pm? • JCC Parish House
  • Community Event: MOUSETRAP with M&D Playhouse
    7:30pm • Eastern Slope Playhouse, North Conway
    • Get Tickets: $29
    • In the Agatha Christie classic, a local woman is murdered, and the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It becomes clear that the killer is among them. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects.
    • Additional Dates Friday, November 11, 2022, 7:30pmSaturday, November 12, 2022, 7:30pmSunday, November 13, 2022, 3:30pm
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Shannon Door: Rafe • 6-8pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Closed for vacation

FRI, Nov 11 – Veterans Day

  • Community Service: Unofficlal WALK & WORK w/ Jackson XC Ski Touring
    8am-10am • Jackson XC Trails
    • There is no official Walk & Work this Friday, but if you are interested in trail work this Friday, let Ellen Chandler know; there is “more of the same” type of work on the Wave Trails.
    • Contact: ellen@jacksonxc.org.
  • FITNESS CLASS  with Laurie McAleer (new second day of week)
    9:30am • Jackson Community Church
    • FRee to all participants.
    • Gentle, chair-based stretch and fitness for all levels of ability
  • Community Event: ZUMBA with DOTTI
    • 8:15am * Whitney Community Center
      The class is $5 per person with no sign in. Also, bring your water, a small towel and a smile!!!! If you have any questions feel free to either text or call Dotti,: 978-790-3375
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATION
    5pm • Zoom link and password required – contact church for info
    • Join us for cocktails and discussion of this week’s scripture with art
  • Community Event: MAJESTIC CAFE CONCERT – Al Hospers & Randy Roos
    6:30 pm • Majestic Theater Cafe, Conway, NH
  • Community Event: MOUSETRAP with M&D Playhouse
    7:30pm • Eastern Slope Playhouse, North Conway
    • Get Tickets: $29
    • In the Agatha Christie classic, a local woman is murdered, and the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It becomes clear that the killer is among them. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects.
    • Additional Dates Saturday, November 12, 2022, 7:30pmSunday, November 13, 2022, 3:30pm
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Wildcat Tavern: Al Shafner & Revtones • 6-9pm
    • Shannon Door: Sheehan & Holden • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Closed for vacation
    • Shovel Handle Pub; Dan Aldrich •  5:30-8:30pm

SAT, Nov 12

  • Community Event: CONIFER WALK
    1pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center
    • With all the leaves down, November is the perfect time learn to identify conifer trees. No distractions from those deciduous trees!
    • Program Fee: $15/person or $25/household; members are free!
    • Register online here. Walk ins welcome.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Event: STUDIO NOCTURNES with David Lussier
    10am-4pm – Nov 12 & Nov 13th • Jackson Art Studio and Gallery
  • Community Event: MUSICAL TRIBUTE to Marlene Dietrich
    7pm • Majestic Cafe, Conway Village
    • Features Vanessa Schukis, mezzo, Scott Nicholas, piano and Tim Ostendorf, narrator for this tribute to musical life of the late Marlene Dietrich.  
    • More info and tickets:https://mountaintop.ludus.com/index.php
  • Community Event: MOUSETRAP with M&D Playhouse
    7:30pm • Eastern Slope Playhouse, North Conway
    • Get Tickets: $29
    • In the Agatha Christie classic, a local woman is murdered, and the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It becomes clear that the killer is among them. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects.
    • Additional Dates Sunday, November 13, 2022, 3:30pm
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Shannon Door: Sheehan & Holden• 7-10pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Closed for vacation
    • Wildcast Tavern: Jonathan Sarty • 6-8:30pm

SUN, Nov 13

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Old red library or Zoom link and password required – contact church for info
    • Join us for poetry, conversation, and prayer.
  • CHOIR PRACTICE (in-person and zoom)
    8am • JCC sanctuary or Zoom link and password required – contact church for info
    • Copies of sheet music available in church entrance
    • Email with recorded choir parts and PDF of music also coming – contact church via email if you wish to receve choir updates directly
    • Preparing advent song: Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • WORSHIP with VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE
    10:30am • JCC (in-person & zoom)
    • Attend in-person
    • Virtual attendance – Zoom link and password required – contact church for info
    • Message: Rev Gail Doktor
    • Music Sharon Novak
  • Community Event: STUDIO NOCTURNES with David Lussier
    10am-4pm – Nov 12 & Nov 13th • Jackson Art Studio and Gallery
  • Community Event: COMMUNITY POTLUCK SUPPER
     4-7 pm • Whitney Community Center
    • Last Call: This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Whitney Community Center
    • FREE to members of the Jackson community.
    • To register email whitneycommunitycenter@gmail.com and let us know how many people are attending and if you are bringing a main dish, side dish or desert.
  • Community Event: MOUSETRAP with M&D Playhouse
    3:30pm • Eastern Slope Playhouse, North Conway
    • Get Tickets: $29
    • In the Agatha Christie classic, a local woman is murdered, and the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It becomes clear that the killer is among them. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects.
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Shannon Door: Mike & Becca • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Closed for vacation

This Week at JCC and Around Town: TUE, Nov 10 – SUN, Nov 15

TUE, Nov 10

  • KRISTALLNACHT
    Observance of Kristallnacht Night of Shattered Glass as part of statewide ritual. Windows of the church lit up to acknowledge this event.
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church 
  • CLERGY LUNCH
    12:30-2pm • Zoom.
    Meeting of Clergy of the Eastern Slope for peer work and community networking. Rev Gail attends.

WED, Nov 11 – Veterans Day

  • VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE
    • SCHOULER PARK GATHERING
      11am • Schouler Park, North Conway
      Local American Legion Posts 95 of North Conway and 46 of Conway are collaborating on Veterans Day ceremonies in North Conway’s Schouler Park. Due to the pandemic, there will not be a parade as in past years.All veterans are asked to congregate, socially distanced, in Schouler Park. Addressing the crowd will be Maj. Frank McCarthy (USMC-Ret.), a three-tour decorated Vietnam War combat veteran. Post 95 Commander Jim LeFebvre will then give remarks, discussing the sacrifi ce of all who wear the uniform. Veterans and a guest are then invited to a lunch immediately following the brief ceremonies at Amer-ican Legion Post 46 on Tasker Hill Road in Conway. For more information, call LeFebrvre at (603) 356-7296 or Post 46 at (603) 447-3927.
    • HEROES TRAIN on CONWAY SCENIC RAILROAD
      11:15 am & 12:45 pm • Conway Scenic Railroad
      Free admission to veterans (valid ID required) when accompanied by an adult paying full fare. Call (603) 356-5251.
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church 
  • DEACONS MEETING
    4pm • Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/96853932521
    Alternately: Call by touch-tone phone: 929 436 2866, Meeting ID: 968 5393 2521

THURS, Nov 12

  • Community Event: YIN/RESTORATIVE YOGA with Anjali Rose
    8am • Zoom (Link provided once participants complete health waiver is sent to anjalirose15@gmail.com and registration/payment for class received.) See Anjali’s website for full list of classes offered and instructions to register.
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • Community Event: LIBRARY PICKUP/PRINTING HOURS
    2-6pm • Jackson Public Library
    • You can place a hold – online via your Koha account using your 14 digit library card number
    • Contact by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org. or leave a voice message at 603-383-9731
    • We will send you an email as soon as your item/s are ready for pickup.
    • Printing and scanning services are also available. Contact us for details.
  • Community Service: WAY STATION SHIFT
    3pm • Curbside package preparation
    5pm • Shift at curbside with guests
  • Community Event: WELCOME to the PYROCENE – Ecological Implications of a Planet on Fire (Tin Mountain)
    7pm • Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92821776872 Meeting ID: 928 2177 6872
    Stephen J Pyne coined the term Pyrocene in 2015 to describe a Fire Age as comparable to the Ice Ages. The central idea revolves around the human use of fire from the dawn of civilization to today when burning fossil fuels causes climate change. These rapid changes in our climate have led to severe drought, longer fire seasons, bigger fires, and forest land conversion. We see the destruction from mega forest fires from Australia to the Amazon, Scandinavia to Southern Europe, and in North America. We will discuss the effects of forest fires in the ecosystem, prescribed burning, fire prevention and detection, fire weather, and more complex issues such as adequate funding at the national level to manage forest fires under a changing climate.

FRI, Nov 13

  • Community Service Day: JACKSON XC SKI TOURING FOUNDATION
    9:30am • Drainage on the North Hall Trail. 
    Group Work meet at 9:30 am.  This is a rake and hoe project. We will meet at the Rocky Branch Parking Lot and disperse ourselves up the trail to remove leaves from culverts and ditches. Not the most glamourous work but very rewarding. Masks required. Contact Ellen Chandler at JXC for more info: ellen.chandler@jacksonxc.org
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church

SAT, Nov 14

  • Community Event: LIBRARY PICKUP HOURS
    10am-2pm • Jackson Public Library
    • You can place a hold online via your Koha account using your 14 digit library card number
    • Contact by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org. or leave a voice message at 603-383-9731
    • We will send you an email as soon as your item/s are ready for pickup.
    • Printing and scanning services are also available. Contact us for details.
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church

SUN, Nov 15

  • INTERFAITH SERVICE
    8am •  Zoom & Pavilion behind Whitney Community Center
    Small group gathering outside at pavilion. Use social-distancing protocols: bring your own mask and chairs. Join us for poetry, worship, and prayer.
    • Zoom link required.
  • CHOIR REHEARSAL
    9am • Zoom link required.
  • VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON WORSHIP
    10:30am •  Zoom link required.
    • Join us for worship, music, reflection, prayer, scripture. Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event).
    • If attending in person, social distancing and mask required. 
    • Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to FacebookVimeo.com channel & Youtube.com channel.
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church

Nov 8 worship: BRAVE

BRAVE the song prepared and performed by our youth band & choir under direction of Billy Carleton:

Full worship service with Veterans Day liturgy, special music by youth, and reflection on Veterans Day and Kristallnacht:

Reflection by Rev Gail on BRAVE including themes from Veterans Day & Kristallnacht:

JCC 110820 BRAVE from architect on Vimeo.

Reflections on giving plus meditations on Veterans Day

Excerpt from Second Inaugural Address
… public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation … Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully … With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. — Abraham Lincoln

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