Charles Petzold

Dulce et Decorum Est

July 26, 2009
Roscoe, N.Y.

Harry Patch, believed to be the last British veteran of the First World War, only in recent years began speaking of his terrifying experiences on the front. He died yesterday at the age of 111. This is a poem written in 1917 by another young English soldier.

The Latin at the end is a quotation form Horace meaning "It is sweet and honorable to die for one's country."