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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 Simple by Girard A. Plante Their names you never read until today. Their faces not seen since 1918. Why? Because the boys of St. Mary's Parish in Brookline went to fight and die in The Great War. November honors the Armistice (Veterans Day) that ended The Great War in 1918. And this year commemorates the 100-year start to that awful conflict that caused 14 million deaths of soldiers and civilians. A dread, prior to 1914, never imaginable in any war in history. Known today as St. Mary of the Assump- tion Church, I first read the bronze tablet upon a noon Mass two months after Sep- tember 11, 2001. The young American sol- diers' names took on heartfelt meaning to me as their worthiness remains a powerful reminder of a war still recalled 100 years later. I have honored them by reading their names before or after every Mass I attended the past 13 years. After the noon Mass on Election Day last week, I knew I must share their story in my writings and jotted down their names. They are: Timothy B. Sullivan, Patrick J. Dunn, Martin Crowe, Norbert J. Rigby, James F. Cromie, George P. McGillan, Hugh C. Blanchard, John P, Duggan, Charles W. McCarthy, Joseph J. Waters, Matthew J. Rey, John J. Campbell, Robert J. Palmer, John C. Malloy, Henry J. Devaney and Stephen Rutledge. At the bottom of the weathered bronze tab- let resting on the wall to the left of the large oak doors to St. Mary's entrance, an inscrip- tion brings a touchstone to suffering: "Gift of the Catholic Women Altar Society. The Boys' of St. Mary's Parish Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice in The World War. The Rev. P. Sheehan who died Feb. 13, 1918." The wonderful women of the Catholic Women Altar Society are everybody's mother, sister, aunt, wife, friendl, grandmother, and neighbor who have lost a dear soldier to the horrors of war. For the millions of Europeans who lived through the hell that visited their soil the name they gave it forever remained The Great War. Named World War One after the end of World War TWo in 1945, "the war to end all wars" became a common slogan.. Yet one author, who published a book in January to commemorate the centennial of The Great War, entitled his tome The War That Ended Peace. Now Americans and foreign folks alike are united anew in a seemingly endless war to eradicate evils known as ISIS, Taliban, and AI Qaeda. We live in a peculiar time. Wars rage in 40 nations. Our sisters and broth- ers -- young and old alike -- are senselessly slaughtered. They are indeed our sisters and brothers as we all inhabit the same planet. I feel a connectedness to the "boys" of St. Mary's who' left the loving security of their families, parish, neighborhoods and home- town to fight and die so that people they never met may live free from tyranny. My paternal great-uncles -- George A. Plante and Louis J. Plante -- fought in The Great War. They were fortunate to return whole and alive to their loved ones in Waterville, New York. They died in their '70s a few years prior to my birth in 1959. I also devoted my May column to a de- ceased neighbor, Joseph Mazza, an Italian immigrant who fought with New York's Fighting 69th Infantry. His atories of The Great War still resonate with me and my six siblings. As we reflect decades after the start of The Great War, a poem written by Canadian Major John McRae, "In Flanders Fields," viv- idly reminds us of the sad tribute to his friend who died in battle in May 1915. McRae saw striking red field poppies amidst mass destruction. The poppy flower grew to a worldwide significance of Remembrance: "In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie in Flanders Fields." Hail, Boys of St. Mary's! Haft to their fellow comrades of that century-old conflict, as well as to all the soldiers and civilians of the wars that followed! Their sudden end to life is wor- thy remembrance today and forevermore in hope that war ceases as a tool to peace. of Lincoln by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari All THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo "It's not a mole, it's a beauty mark." -- my mom, when I was 12 Ciao Bella, Being born American-Italian comes with so many definite facial and body profiles. I have cousins that can shave their legs on --~ Monday and by' Wednesday have por- cupine stubble. They have turned to professional waxing which in time may kill some hair roots. The one and only solution for unwanted bodily hair is a professional electrologist -- search out one who is highly recommended. As we all matured into self-conscious teens our der- matologist became our best friend. He always reassured us "it would go away." Pre- scribing an ointment or an oral treatment he would calm down our facial anxiety! I was one of the fortunate ones who barely had to shave and always had pretty good teenage skin years. And as for those "beauty marks" with all the years I was told that's what they were -- well I really came to appreciate them in time. I had a light tan one that was quite raised on the top of my shoulder blade. I was truly convinced it was a mark of beauty. Thanks mom! After all Marilyn Monroe had one painted on her lower cheek everyday! Oh, and the curly hair everyone wishes they had! We roiled it up in beer cans, ironed our tresses with the laundry iron (really got in trouble with room for that) and reverse perm straightening -- all not worth it. Just one humid hour in. Florida or anywhere moist and I could watch my hair spring back into its frizzy coiled state in seconds. Thank goodness now for Keratin relaxing systems. There is the six week one and the six month one. No more frizzes. Shiny hair with the most remarkable results I have ever experienced! The food. It's always been a huge part of my childhood. It's always kept me curvy! I had an aunt that would serve my dad a half of chicken when my room was in the hospital. Feed them whether it was celebratory, sickness, sadness or whatever the reason. There is defini{ely a solace and a kind of medici- nal effect in food. Then off to the gym. Proud of my culture and all my wonderful relatives with their glorious smiling faces, warm and giving hearts that has made me the woman I am today. Wishing all my Post- Gazette friends and fans a most joyous and blessed Thanksgiving! Buona Giornata -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetolo- gist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products: She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or Hugh was born about the year 1135 at Avalon Castle, near Pontcharra, in Bur- gundy. His father., William, Lord of Avalon, descended from a noble Burgundian family, very little is known about his mother, Anna. Af- ter his wife's death, William retired from the world to the Augustinian Monastery of Villard-Benoit, near Gren- oble, and took his son, Hugh, with hin~. Hugh be- came religious and was ordained deacon at the age of 19. While visiting the Grande Chartreuse monastery with his prior in 1160, Hugh decided to become a Carthusian and was or- dained. After ten years, he was named procurator and in 1175 became Abbot of the first Carthusian monastery in England. It was situated in Somerset and had been founded by Henry II in com- pensation for his having failed to go on the crusade imposed as a penance for the murder of St. Thomas Becket of Canterbury. There were difficulties in building the new monastery, the first prior was retired and a second soon died. It was by special request of the English king that St. Hugh, whose fame had reached him through one of the nobles, was made. prior. In May 1186, Henry sum- moned a council of bishops and barons at Eynsham Ab- bey to deliberate on the state of the Church and the filling of vacant bishoprics, includ- ing that of Lincoln. On May 25, 1186 the cathedral chap- ter of Lincoln was ordered to elect a new bishop and Hugh was elected. Hugh refused the bishopric because the election had not been free. A second election was held with due observance of canon law -- this time at Lincoln, and not in the king's private chapel -- and Hugh, though chosen unanimously, still refused the bishopric till the prior of the Grande Chartreuse, his superior, had given his consent. This being ob- tained, he established his independence from the King, and was consecrated in St. Catherine's chapel, Westminster Abbey, Qn Sep- tember 21, 1186, As bishop, Hugh was, gen- erous with his charity and scrupulous in the appoint- ments he made. He raised the quality of education at the cathedral school. He also defended the Jews living in London from persecution under Richard I with the passing of Henry II. In Richard I, Hugh found a more formidable person to deal with than his predeces- sor. He was unjust in his demands, which Hugh re- mained resolute in opposing. 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