The Noble and The Eloquent Dead

Thursday's Editorial - May 21, 2009


1. List the characteristics of a U.S. soldier as described in John Dwyer's commentary.

2. What is the purpose of Memorial Day?

3. This following information is found under "Resources" below the questions:

The Silver Star may be awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States, is cited for gallantry in action:
-against an enemy of the United States;
-while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or,
-while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

Corporal Vaccaro and Sgt. Cashe were both awarded the Silver Star. Define gallantry as used in the explanation of why a soldier is awarded a Silver Star.

4. What will you remember most about Corporal Vaccaro's story?
and about Sgt. Cashe's story?

5. In this commentary, Mr. Dwyer urges Americans to "do everything within our power to support our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen deployed around the world in the global war on terror." How will you honor those who have given their lives for our country this Memorial Day?