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I was trawling around for a Memorial Day column -- go to a VFW hall, check out a parade, talk about honor, service something like that. I called around to a few good men and women, then David Hamilton called me back. The Vietnam vet's got this Quixotic dream of seeing Tun Tavern, birthplace of the Marines, rise again along the Delaware River. A few obstacles face him, we discovered over a few double Dewars on the rocks. The piece will be in the paper Monday. Hamilton told me it wouldn't be a proper Memorial Day column if it didn't pack a punch.

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TuntavernI was trawling around for a Memorial Day column -- go to a VFW hall, check out a parade, talk about honor, service something like that. I called around to a few good men and women, then David Hamilton called me back. The Vietnam vet's got this Quixotic dream of seeing Tun Tavern, birthplace of the Marines, rise again along the Delaware River. A few obstacles face him, we discovered over a few double Dewars on the rocks. The piece will be in the paper Monday. Hamilton told me it wouldn't be a proper Memorial Day column if it didn't pack a punch.

Memorial Day, he told me, isn't about the beach and bbq. "Memorial Day is about dead people and crying wives and orphan kids." It should be in the paper Monday.

jane
Posted 05/28/2007 09:36:35 PM
I admire the guy's spirit, but I don't think I-95 is going to move, not even the slow lane of it.
Andrew
Posted 05/30/2007 07:14:21 AM
Yeah, this guy doesn't sound terribly serious.  On the other hand, if we ever get around to decking over I-95, he might be able rebuild Tun Tavern in its original air-space...
jane
Posted 05/31/2007 07:09:20 PM
Andrew,  I hadn't thought of that -- interesting point.
daniel rubin
Posted 06/01/2007 10:33:45 AM
There's a group of Marines who have collected $2 million for the project. There are some very serious folks involved, even if Capt. Hamilton was spouting off a bit.
brendan
Posted 06/02/2007 09:17:01 AM
Memorial Day, he told me, isn't about the beach and bbq. "Memorial Day is about dead people and crying wives and orphan kids."

Now THAT'S a statement.  Everyone in Congress and the Administration should have that tattooed on their foreheads.
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