2024 Creative Kiosk


May 2024 Creative Kiosk Articles

On Memorial Day: Valedictory on One American’s Dream

Gerald J. (Jerry) Troiano, Retired New Jersey Police Officer

The forerunner of Memorial Day was first celebrated on 30 May 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers. It was established by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan, the leader of a fraternal order of former Union soldiers and sailors. Over the course of the next hundred years, all the states of the U.S. adopted their own version of the commemoration, many celebrating on different days. It was finally established by Congress as a uniformly recognized national holiday on 18 June 1968. Though originally conceived as a holiday to commemorate the sacrifices of those who died in service, the poet here calls upon the reader to also remember and commemorate the service of those casualties of war who remain among the living, many of whom are wounded by unseen scars that they find impossible to heal, and who are often overlooked or forgotten by the society and people they once served.

Article published on: 21 May 2024


White Shadows

Tom Despard

A poet reflects on the background of the soldiers who perished as casualties during the Allied D-Day invasion into Normandy, France on 6 June 1944 and the wider impact of those who sacrificed their lives on the altar of freedom.

Article published on: 21 May 2024


Haiku: From High Art to Educational Tool

Allyson McNitt

Touching on the history of haiku provides depth and context to an educational exercise covered at the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies.

Article published on: 10 May 2024


April 2024 Creative Kiosk Articles

Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada 1983: A View at Eye Level

Peter Geier

A journalist relates his experiences from his deployment with the 82nd Airborne Division to Grenada in 1983

Article published on: 17 April 2024


January 2024 Creative Kiosk Articles

Letters of False Hope: A Timeless Story from Afghanistan

Maj. Kyle McCarter, U.S. Army

This short story features fictional letters written from the viewpoints of three men from three different forays into Afghanistan: the British, Soviet, and American invasions.

Article published on: 25 January 2024