When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d, And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night, I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring. —Walt Whitman
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During the Memorial Day ceremony at Oak Grove Cemetery, speaker Paul J. Brawley, a commander in the United States Navy Reserve, noted the words of General Douglas MacArthur: “The soldier above all other people prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”