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Pentagon Orders Dead Officers To Report For Duty

Dorianne Laux

The U.S. army said Friday it would apologize to the families of about
75 officers killed in action who were mistakenly sent letters urging
them to return to active duty. --January 5, 2007 WASHINGTON (AP)

Will the dead please rise and raise
your right hands. Will the dead please
swear to uphold that hand for as long
as it takes. Will the dead please
reassemble your bones, replace
your heads, return your hearts, recant
your screams. Will the dead please
salute the flag ripped from the body
politic. Will the dead please step
onto the helicopters and into the bodies
of soldiers about to become you. Give
the living your history, your wisdom,
your sleepless eternities, your missteps
only they can make right, remind them nightly
to go on living. Will the dead please
buckle up and bring them home.