December 2, 2020

For Memorial Day 2011

By Chaplain Mike

I offer this, my favorite music video of all time, on America’s Memorial Day, for all who have died because of war, with a prayer that the day will come quickly when all such fighting and dying shall cease.

Now the sun’s gone to hell
And the moon’s riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it’s written in the starlight
And every line on your palm
We’re fools to make war
On our brothers in arms


  1. Richard McNeeley says

    Very moving

  2. Thank you for this. My dad was a retired Navy commander who died a few years ago in a plane crash, and Dire Straits was one of his favorite bands. This brings back memories.

  3. Haunting and true. We are fools.
    I wish we would bring them home.

  4. My son just shipped out a week ago for Army National Guard basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC. While I am very proud of him, and believe this is the best thing for him, I wish we had no need for soldiers or armies. I wish he could have enlisted in the Peace Corps instead.

    Still, I am very proud of him.

    • Jeff:

      My father served thirty years in the Army. He did a number of things during his time, spending several years in the infantry. One of my childhood memories is of him explaining to me, at my level, St. Augustine’s just war theory. It was years later I realized that is what he was doing! I write this to say that soliders themselves are not excluded from the wish there was not a need for them, or for war; my father was/is one of them. Yet we live in a fallen world, so in this interim time we live in we do have a need for them at times. Still, we hope and pray for peace where possible. I too am very proud of my father. Yet I understand the mixed emotions as well.

      Just as a clarifier: I do accept St. Augustine’s just war theory and my father still does as well.

    • Jeff, I’ll remember your son in prayer when I’m praying for my service friends (one Army guard, one Air Force guard); I hope it plays out well for your son, the army guard has tons more leverage on its members than normal army, but you’ve probably already been down that road; may our loving GOD follow us wherever we go and bring us peace.


  5. It’s a sad fact of life in this fallen world that soldiers are necessary to fight against evil people and regimes.

    I thank God for all the brave men and women all throughout the world and through the ages and who have paid the ultimate price in doing their duty.

    What a gift from God these people are.

  6. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Matt 24:6


    Life is already hard; why do we make it so hard? ~Mindy Smith

    Both my parents served in the Navy/Marine Corps in WWII. My mother a WAVE in San Francisco. My dad a field corpsman that saw the worst of Guadalcanal…

    One uncle a P51 pilot. I remember having to register for the draft during the Vietnam War right before it ended. That is the closest I came to the reality of being called up for an armed conflict on the other side of the world…

    I have 3 sons. It is my fervent wish they do not have to go to any type of war. I understand wars will be waged until Jesus returns. It is the harsh reality even Jesus did not try to soften for those hearing His words 2000 years ago.

    For all the brave & even the not-so-brave that served & died anyway…we honor you this day…

  7. I remember the flags for the first few years after 9/11. I’m sorry to see fewer these days. The ‘color gaurd’ must be a remnant of bygone days when the dropping of the flag signified defeat. We honor those we have lost by keeping the colors up. It is indicative of how corrupted the human condition is that we must periodically engage our young in the most heinous and distorted of group psychoses – war. The whole creation groans. It is shameful but , on occasion, necessary. Therefore, it is no burden for us to honor those who have carried our colors, fought our fights, carried our burdens and died in our stead. God bless the families of all we have lost . We remember them and their sacrifice.

  8. Rick Ro. says

    Mark Knopfler, master storyteller and songwriter! One of my all-time favorites, too.

  9. I love Mark Knopfler. Thanks, Chaplain Mike.

  10. Definitely my favorite Dire Straits song. Thanks, CM!