Bring troops home from danger zones

In June 1863, Walt Whitman wrote of the movement of President Abraham Lincoln “in his barouche, two horses, guarded by thirty calvary” to the home of the secretary of war in Washington, D.C. Whitman also described the movements of Union troops and his thought “Alas, how many of these healthy handsome rollicking young men will lie cold in death before the apples ripe in the orchards ...”

This summer, we also need to ask, “How long before our troops come home from foreign wars, from Afghanistan and other danger zones?” How many more young soldiers will be maimed or killed? And why?

Hal Sondrol

Cedar Rapids


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