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And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

It’s Memorial Day here in the States, where we honor those who’ve died in our country’s wars by eating, drinking, and shopping. Eric Bogle’s “And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,” written 30 years ago, is as good a reflection on the sacrifices of war as any:

The song’s a favorite of Senator Bob Kerrey, who lost a leg and gained a Medal of Honor as a Navy SEAL near Nha Trang Bay in 1969.

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James Joyner is the publisher of Outside the Beltway, an associate professor of security studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. He earned a PhD in political science from The University of Alabama. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter.