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Monday, 28 May 2012

Welcome to Summer

Well, for friends in Australia, New Zealand and other places in the southern hemisphere, it's the beginning of winter. Nevertheless, where I live, today – Memorial Day – is the unofficial beginning of the summer season.

It's a three-day weekend in the United States and with all the family gatherings, backyard barbecues, beer and all, I wonder if sometimes we don't pay enough attention to what this holiday is for.

On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a group of Gold Star Families - those who have lost a loved one in war. Poor ol' Joe is often chastised for speaking out of turn, of putting his foot in his mouth, of being a reliable gaffe machine. But not on this day.

Biden's extraordinary speech, in the words of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, was "raw and emotional" and, I would add, personal and wrenching and true and good.

As far as I can find online on Saturday (when I am writing this), Maddow's show is the only place where Biden's speech was broadcast in full, if at all. Please watch. It's only about five minutes and you will be glad you did.

New stories from Elder Storytelling Place contributors will resume tomorrow.

Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


I saw part of this and was overwhelmed by the candor and honesty he spoke. I think he's at the peak of his career and he now can be honest becase there's nothing else he needs. I've followed his career closely, and he's redeemed himself for the foolish things he did when he was younger. Thank you for the words you shared with us today.

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