Fame is Fleeting but Honor is Eternal

“Over all our happy country – over all our Nation spread, Is a band of noble heroes – is our Army of the Dead.”

– American Poet, Will Carleton –


Baseball games. Backyard barbecues. Patriotic parades. Family fun. After an extended winter and a punctuated spring, the unofficial start of summer is here – Memorial Day weekend!


It is also a time when we pause as a nation to honor the memory of those who fought and died to secure our freedoms. We honor the fact that all gave some and some gave all. Thank you.


From media to memes, fame is fleeting. Back in the 1960s, the artist Andy Warhol was credited with saying, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” Those words were somewhat prophetic as today many people race to their 15 minutes of fame. Shallow and lacking foundational depth. Hollow and void of internal integrity. Fame is fleeting.


From time to eternity, honor is eternal. Back in the 1800s, the American poet Will Carleton wrote, “To appreciate heaven well, it’s good for a person to have some fifteen minutes of hell.” Wounded warriors of land, sea, and air can attest that war is hell. Wounded warriors of spirit, mind, and body can attest that war is hell. Thank you for your service and take good care of yourselves. Honor is eternal.



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Chaplain, (Maj.) John O’Brien

115th Fighter Wing Chaplain Corps

Truax Field, Madison, WI

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