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  •  These are the only kinds of new graves (6+ / 0-)

    I want to see at Arlington.  

    The old vets who managed to come home and live a life and be with friends and family again.  

    I remember Mr. Buckles - the last US WWI surviving veteran.  I've donated to the WWI Memorial in his honor, because he was trying to get something done about the old memorial.  

    If only they could all have come home and lived to be 110 (or even to "only" 82, like my dad).  

    When will we ever learn?  And when we learn generationally, what the cost is / has been, why aren't we able to pass that on?  Why aren't we able to stop the war hawks?  Bush I was in WWII, W evaded / avoided Vietnam (as did Cheney).  They don't count the cost if it isn't THEM??   Daddy Bush sure didn't raise his boy right.  If he helped him avoid Vietnam, you would think it would be because he knew the cost of war - so why would his son get it so skewed that because he avoided it, it's OK to send the next generation off to be KIA over a pack of lies.  

    WWII we all had a reason, we all sacrificed, we all gave whatever we had or could give.  We rationed coffee and gas and did scrap metal drives.  Ladies gave up nylons so it could be used for parachutes.  We bought war bonds.  We sent our sons and brothers and fathers and uncles off to Europe and the Pacific and North Africa and we sent our moms, daughters, sisters and aunts off to work at home to fill the empty slots on the factory lines.  

    Every neighbor felt it when the blue star in the window was changed to a gold star.  Some people on my mom's block had 2 or 3 blue stars hanging in the window.  It was terrible to see the Western Union man coming down the street... they felt it.  

    God help us, so many of us don't feel it - not like my parents and their neighbors did.  And that's the biggest hurt of all.  I have a hard time reading the IGTNT diaries, but I try.  I feel so helpless.

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 04:36:03 PM PDT

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    •  So true. (0+ / 0-)
      God help us, so many of us don't feel it - not like my parents and their neighbors did.  And that's the biggest hurt of all.  I have a hard time reading the IGTNT diaries, but I try.  I feel so helpless.
      While many Americans remain preoccupied "at the mall" --- totally unaware.

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