Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-17-1999

Abstract

It is Veteran’s or Remembrance, formerly Armistice, Day as I write about angels, and my mind is drawn to things military. Personal and vicarious military experiences instruct me that personal envoys from commanders never bring welcome news. Even those on the home front are not exempt. A movie full of powerful scenes, “Saving Private Ryan” has none more so than that involving Ryan’s mother. We see the stars in the window, share her glance over the sink at the approaching car. We know what she’s going to hear, and our hearts sink with her as she collapses on her porch. We know that messengers mean bad news.

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