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  •  Actually We Honor the Military On Several Other (9+ / 0-)

    holidays.

    Mothers' Day, which was originally to honor the mothers who lost sons in battle; Armistice Day, originally to honor the onset of a peace which has been renamed and repurposed to honor veterans; and the 4th of July for obvious reasons.

    You might remember that Congress outlawed the closing of Gitmo.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon May 27, 2013 at 06:53:24 AM PDT

    •  Part of our problem is that too many (9+ / 0-)

      of our holidays have to do with the military, but as the author points out, it's not really the military we honor.

      If we did, we wouldn't have such a high homeless rate among vets, for example.

      Nah, I did my time during Vietnam, but not in Vietnam, but since WW2, we've really only been in business wars, not ideological or whatever other propaganda they'd like us to swallow.

      Memorial Day would be a real memorial day if we would remember not only those of our own that we let die for nothing, but also also those other poor souls whom we sent to their deaths through no fault of their own, almost a million Vietnamese, a million Iraqis, the list goes on.

      None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

      by achronon on Mon May 27, 2013 at 08:08:24 AM PDT

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