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11 November 2014

All gave some, some gave all. Today we honor all who served.

In 1918 the English writer Rebecca West published her first novel The Return of the Solider. It was unusual in sketching the portrait of a soldier of the Great War who was a victim of "shellshock amnesia."

The Kindle edition is available at no charge. And at the Penn Libraries, an HTML version is also available. In 1982, it was made into a movie starring Julie Christie, Glenda Jackson, Ann-Margret and Alan Bates.

We remembered it today because it has a happy ending for one soldier.

If happy endings were as simple to achieve as reading a novel in the public domain, every ending might be happy. But life isn't quite that accommodating.

Sometimes all you can do is stand up and salute.

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