One Hundred Forty-Five

I read an article the other day by a veteran who said he cringed when he heard people say “Happy Memorial Day!” I understood; Memorial Day is dedicated to the men and women who lost their lives in defense of the USA, it is not a celebratory welcoming of summer.

It doesn’t matter your politics, we owe a debt of gratitude to those people who did as they were asked. They may not have agreed with the politics of the wars they fought, but most did.  Regardless, they followed orders and did their duty. Well over one million men and women have died while fighting, or supporting, wars in which the USA has been engaged. I offer my respect and admiration for them; I only hope their sacrifices lead, eventually, to peace and to an environment in which war is recognized as the ultimate insanity.

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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3 Responses to One Hundred Forty-Five

  1. Tara says:

    The best thing we could do in their memory is to scale back our military and involvement in wars around the world. Yes, they followed orders and paid the ultimate price. It just makes me so very sad.

  2. Well Said!!

  3. Joyce says:

    John, you should post this on Facebook!

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