March 2022

Dear Friends,

It’s late on the last Wednesday of February. Snow flurries are in the air, but then, tomorrow is
Thursday, and that seems to be their regular schedule this year. I have a question for you, and I hope we
can all help each other understand what we might need as we share our answers.

Do you remember where you were when Pearl Harbor was attacked? How about when you
heard American military presence was headed into the Korean peninsula? Or maybe into Vietnam?

I remember exactly where I was when the news came that President Kennedy had been shot,
and then died. The same for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. I did part of my student teach-
ing in the classroom where I heard the news about JFK, and remember the odd feeling when I found my-
self standing in the exact spot where my desk was fifteen years earlier.

I had just been to the office at All Saints’, Portsmouth, to give the next Sunday’s music to the
secretary for the bulletin when I got into my car and heard that we had invaded Iraq (the first time). I
turned the car around, and went back in to change most of what I had planned. The Rector at the time
was also a Chaplain in the Air Force Reserve, and there had been some discussion about what might hap-
pen if he was called to active duty

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