July 4th, 2005

Space Cadet

So Much Has Been Given For Our Freedom, Thank You All

The Wallabout Martyrs
(click on the name for their story)
by Walt Whitman

[In Brooklyn, in an old vault, mark'd by no special recognition,
lie huddled at this moment the undoubtedly authentic remains of the
stanchest and earliest revolutionary patriots from the British
prison ships and prisons of the times of 1776-83, in and around New
York, and from all over Long Island; originally buried - many
thousands of them - in trenches in the Wallabout sands.]

GREATER than memory of Achilles or Ulysses,
More, more by far to thee than tomb of Alexander,
Those cart loads of old charnel ashes, scales and splints of mouldy bones,
Once living men - once resolute courage, aspiration, strength,
The stepping stones to thee to-day and here, America