Friday, May 24, 2013

Abp Listecki to lead Memorial Day Mass, then to fire CANNON

In a booming recognition of those from Wisconsin who died in America's costliest war, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki will not only lead an outdoor Mass on Memorial Day – he will personally fire a salute from a Civil War cannon.

Noted author and historian Lance Herdegen will assist Listecki in loading and firing and will be the keynote speaker for the secular portion of the ceremony at Calvary Cemetery, 5503 Blue Mound Rd.

President Abraham Lincoln – portrayed by Nicholas Bur – will also speak, and the First Brigade Band will play songs and hymns from the Civil War era on original musical instruments used during the war. 
continue at Wauwatosa Patch

He's done this for a few years now, and every year I wish I was closer to attend.  Someone get a close up photo!

In case you were unaware, Listecki served as an Army Reserve Chaplain in the United States Army Reserves for 20 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

9 comments:

  1. (Brian from Illinois): Seems appropriate to me, since I'm sure that Archbishop Listecki is a Cannon, er, Canon Law expert....... :)

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  2. I'll try to get one for ya, no guarantee though depends on whats going on that day

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    1. Woot! No worries, glad to share if you do get one.

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  3. I was just shooting a muzzle-loader a couple months ago, which is also fun, a big boom!

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  4. "Those who live by the sword will die by the sword". "Turn your swords into ploughshares"

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    1. You are against the ceremonial firing of a cannon to remember those who died in service of this country?

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  5. Pope JPII sent an emmissary to Pres. Buch during the ramp up to Iraq invasion
    with the message that it would be an immoral war...that if USA go there, God does not go with it. Bishops of US also declared that war immoral.

    What about the VietNam war and the Just War critereon...?

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    1. I guess you didn't really answer the question. Do you think firing a ceremonial cannon endorses unrestricted war? I do not agree it does, and I think you are hypersensitive if you do. Good soldiers are worth honoring regardless of the failures of their commanders and politicians.

      This particular function is run by the "Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War." You are opposed to the civil war to free the slaves?

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  6. its raining here so I think im going to stick inside since I have a little bit of a cold, sorry Matt

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