Cycling Feelings

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1993
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324626
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Title Cycling Feelings
Description Not only did the crash of a B-24 (Liberator) bomber into the Pacific Ocean off the Island of Satnar near the Philippines leave a wreckage of crushed wings, fuselage, gun turrets and tail parts, but also strewn in wake were dashed hopes, aspirations and dreams for most of the men who manned the plane. A son who is gentle, considerate and brave fills a mother's heart with appreciation and grateful pride. His letters were optimistic, filled with humor and the joy of being alive, despite living in a world gone berserk and fraught with constant danger. A happier post-war era had awaited him with its opportunities to explore many possible professions, a chance to expand his already multiple talents, to enter into marriage, and to fulfill his great promise of leadership and service. Such thoughts brought feelings of remorse to me on that shock-filled day in June. Shortly after, when personal effects came home in a U. S. Air Force packing crate, my eyes did not really want to read the letters of commendation from his commanding officer, or the citation from General of the Air Force, "Hap" Arnold. My hands did not want to touch the Purple Heart, or look at bis tropic-weathered personal wallet. 1 reluctantly opened a gift from a concert-goer in Sioux Fall, South Dakota. Burke had been a featured piano soloist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra while stationed there as an Air Force instructor before he volunteered for combat duty. A card read: "To fan the flame of genius." Now today, after nearly forty-five years, the mental wall protecting my once fragile psyche has eroded away with the passage of time. As I feel the Purple Heart, read old letters and citations, earlier pain has been replaced by strength and faith. Feelings experienced as a boy peering out of a bedroom window at a blossomed apricot tree are reinforced from a lifetime of experience as being based upon truth. His 6' 1" slender frame, brown, curly hair, happy eyes and lasting smile were only the earthly home of an eternal spirit. A body that flew through cloud formations over the Pacific Ocean in WWII was coupled with a soul now progressing through an unknown sky somewhere beyond what many call the "veil." The strains of music that flowed so beautifully from his supple, strong fingers, have lasting, ethereal quality; the hands moving across the keyboard were surely meant to play another day at another place. 78
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324542
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