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A short thought for Memorial Day

May 31, 2010

The web is full of Memorial Day remembrances today, but I really don’t know what to say except: let’s go home.  Afghanistan is now our longest war, ever, and we’re not getting anywhere there or in Iraq.  “Victory” is that shimmering mirage on the horizon, but that is where it stays.

Our soldiers deserve better.

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  1. May 31, 2010 at 14:08 | #1

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the US has ever won a war which it started.

    Civil war excepted of course.

  2. May 31, 2010 at 18:41 | #2

    I hadn’t looked at it that way.

  3. May 31, 2010 at 19:34 | #3

    I am always conflicted about Memorial Day, though never about Remembrance (aka Veteran’s) Day.

    Memorial Day has become entwined with “patriotism”, while Remembrance Day simply remembers naive men who sadly learned what blood and mud really meant.

    Beyond that … I can never escape the certain knowledge that while I would never dishonor those who have served (for whatever motivation—- I cannot be a judge), to engage in honoring in the manner expected contributes to perpetuating a culture that institutionalizes conflict and war.  It builds a society that derives its meaning from solely being warriors.

  4. June 1, 2010 at 04:48 | #4

    George, I wholeheartedly agree.

  5. Donno
    June 15, 2010 at 20:20 | #5

    Ole Phat Stu: Didn’t we start the Revolution with the British?

    WeeDram: I understand not understanding the military culture.  One is not able to understand unless they have put on boots and a uniform as a daily routine.  As a retired U.S. Army veteran I can tell you that it is not about the individual.  It never was for any of us.  It was always about our country and what we represented; freedom.  It was never about being a warrior, it was about taking care of those around you.  Regardless of the setting or situation.  All we ever wanted was to ensure that by doing our jobs well, our children would live under the same flag we did, as did our fathers and mothers.

    Memorial Day is more than just remembering those who have died for our freedom; I will never forget them; it is about reflection.  Not memories, but yours in the mirror.  What can I do today that can make a difference for my country tomorrow.  What can we do to make our country better, instead of complaining about how tough we have it now. 

      A true warrior never prays for war, only that his/her preparations and practice where done to the best of their ability.

    Sorry for being so late on this one, just got back to the site today.  Thank you all for your comments and George for this site.  It is a reminder of the freedoms we do enjoy given to us by those who have given all.

  6. June 15, 2010 at 20:48 | #6

    Donno:  As I stated, my problem isn’t so much with the soldiers, as with the culture in the US.  I find it interesting that so many take comments such as what I posted here as a comment about soldiers.  It wasn’t.  It still isn’t.

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