1999-11-13 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Be sure to watch UHF channel 39 on Sunday, at 10:30 p.m., for the San Jose (Silicon Valley) Travels in Style episode.

Since we celebrated Veteran's Day this past Thursday and I have been flat on my back most of this week from a flu or whatever bug and have been unable to get around as usual I would just like to give your emotions a little tug and reminder of how grateful we should be to our unsung heroes who fought, and far too many, who lost their lives fighting for our freedoms. I always receive a great response from my poem about my young West Pointer who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Hope you enjoy it one more time. And if it pricks your emotions a little, may you offer a
Thanksgiving prayer for these brave young men. He was First Lt. Kenneth A. Tackus.

Looking Back Through The Years

Looking back through the years

At the foot of his grave

There's a young man handsome and brave

A West Point cadet in gold buttons and army gray

Marching along for the drill of the day

At a Saturday night ball

Their "Hop" in Cullen Hall

With a glove hand in my glove

We danced together and fell in love

We clung to each other

Hand in hand as we talked

Strolling along Flirtation Walk

We'd steal a kiss, a warm embrace

A hug or two….

That's all we could do.

The rules were strict

The work was a grind

A grueling four years

Though he didn't seem to mind

We'll grow old together

Till there's more than a trace

Of "character lines" upon your face

He'd say…

But, it just wasn't meant to be that way.

Under the swords we were wed

In the chapel on the hill

I can see it still

A conflict broke out in a foreign land

He was called to duty and obeyed the command

Missing in action, he was

For three and a half years

The return of remains could not stop the tears

He is buried here and can be found

Among other brave soldiers

On the Academy ground

A young life snuffed out

And, I wanted to shout,

"Let's have no more!

Dear God, keep is free from another war."

When questioned if I wrote this poem, the answer is by all means "yes." It was part of my young life and how else could I write it but with true, genuine feelings.

Enjoy the Veteran's Day weekend.

Metropolitan Museum of Art will feature artifacts from Lisbon Calouste Gulbenkian Museum during November 16 to February 27, including Rubens, Monet and Manet.

November 19 to December 30…75 films to honor Columbia Pictures at Film Forum on Houston street, New York City.

Discount up to 75 percent on Cunard's 25 six to 21 day sailing if booked by November 30. Companion fares start at $695.

TRAVEL:

Thanksgiving charter flights from Newark over Thanksgiving--November 24 and return November 28--packages start at $449.

Free round trip air to include all sailings of the Deutschland between November 19 and March 19.

Space at the Atlantis for New Year's Eve week in Nassau…seven-night package $3,125 per person.

Israel with Continental Plus four night city stay in Tel Aviv $1,480 per person.

Luxurious Ireland…"Taste of Luxury"…five star hotels: Ashford Castle in County Mayo and Berkeley Court Hotel in Dublin $1, 223 per person.

Costa Cruises to star extra charge of $18.75 for on board gourmet dining. All other lines merely charge $5 gratuity per person.

Dominican Republic all-inclusive air/land at Melio Juan Dolio $598 per person for five nights.

Give me a call and away we go!

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