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The Memorial Day issues are entertaining and thought-provoking . . .
The stories and poems are not only about combat or Memorial Day parades. As with every issue of Echoes, you will find a wide variety of subjects, styles, and points of view. They are unified by the focus on war and military service and how it affects people.

the writing is "up close and personal" . . .
Most of the stories and poems are written by veterans and others with firsthand experience. You'll see the fear and violence of combat, join a soldier who has to defuze a mine in the DMZ in Korea, hear from a peace marcher, watch a patriotic holiday parade, join veterans at the Wall, and much more!

the stories and poems are "user-friendly" . . .
They're fun to read, and well-written so they bring home the many dimensions of war's effects on people. They're down to earth and accessible to everyone.

the perspectives are balanced . . .
Contributions come from both veterans and civilians, and are balanced with views of military life which help the reader see the individual soldiers, sailors, marines, or aviators as people. Even those who survive are victims of war.

the range of subjects is wide . . .
Stories and poetry span the war of 1812, the Civil War, World War II, Korea (in the '50s and again in the late '60s), Vietnam, and the 1991 Gulf War. (And we have received a few submissions from folks on assignment in Bosnia.)

You will really enjoy the stories and poems in the Memorial Day issues and you will appreciate the writers' willingness to share work based on powerful events in their lives.

The special Memorial Day issues belong in high school libraries and social studies classrooms, so young people can see the real impact of war on people -- through the eyes of those with firsthand experience. Echoes will supply copies at cost, but we need people or companies willing to help. Please make people aware of this project and help identify potential sponsors!

NOTE: Echoes has also published many contributions from veterans and military personnel in regular issues.

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 Readers say:

Many thanks for my first copy of Echoes! [1997 Memorial Day issue]  I really, really like it! I thought I was buying it to read Jenkins . . . I am delighted to find so many more in this issue -- each of them alone is enough to make Echoes a good buy . . . High quality and impact!

A.R.,  The Netherlands

"Plateau Lands" by H. Lee Barnes in the Memorial Day issue is right there, "in the pocket".… He has done what I am still trying to do. Great Vietnam story!

G.H. Pittsburgh, PA

"...the Memorial Day issue arrived today, and what a good-looking issue it is! Easily your best. The selections of poetry, art and fiction and commentary are well-chosen, there's a very good balance among viewpoints, and the editorial note pulls it all together. I hope you're as proud of this issue as I am glad to have it . . . I continue to be impressed with the sustained high quality of your publication."

  J.H.J., Fairfax, VA

"The magazine is delightful, the stories and poetry exceptional! "

  N.A., Macon, GA

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 An open letter from the editor

 

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"

 

This idea has emerged in various words over the centuries, and it is just as relevant today as ever. Discussions of war seem to focus on military technology and tactics, on "national interest", or on the economic and political impact of war, rather than the effects on individual people. If people are to learn from the past they have to go beyond the events, beyond understanding cause and effect, and see how events and processes affect individual people.

People need to experience the horrors of war and terrorism through the eyes of those who have been there, or been strongly affected. Each year, Echoes publishes a Memorial Day edition that provides an "up close and personal" look at how war and terrorism affect real people. Most of the stories and poetry are written by veterans.

Students respond to the variety of perspectives and styles used by the different writers. These stories and poems go far beyond patriotic remembrances, hero-worship, or flag-waving. They are very personal revelations of what war is like and what military service means -- by people who know.

I sincerely believe that the Memorial Day issues belong in every high school and junior high school. Echoes will contribute copies for this program at cost, but we need sponsors to help put them there. If you know a person or company that can help, please let me know!

Peter Crownfield, Editor

 

 

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Order your copies today!

Did you or a loved one serve in World War II, Korea, or Vietnam? Have you ever wondered what war means to those in the military? Would you like some reading that's thought-provoking and enjoyable? Don't miss these special issues! Ordering information

 

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Will your story or poem be in the next Memorial Day issue?

You don't have to be a professional writer to be in Echoes. If you have something to say and can write it as a good poem or short story, we'll be happy to consider it ! (Before you send anything, please read submitting work to Echoes and our writer guidelines, especially the editing checklist.)

• The deadline for the annual Memorial Day issue is February 15 •

 

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(updated December 15, 1997)

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