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  •  Like Yogi says (13+ / 0-)

    Deja-Vu all over again.

    Veterans Day, 1971: I was just back from Vietnam (got back in April 71), and had enrolled at Louisiana State University at New Orleans (LSUNO, now UNO).  I joined the university chapter of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), initially not so much because of any well-defined anti-war feeling (that came later), but more because I wanted to be around other Vietnam vets, because I felt pretty separated from the other teeny-bopper freshman on campus.

    We decided that we wanted to march in the Veterans Day parade as VVAW, and applied to the local traditional veterans organizations who ran the parade to march. They hemmed and hawed and had their lawyers talk to our lawyers, then finally told us to show up the night of the parade.  We got there -- thirty-three of us -- and stood in our appointed place as the parade was passing us by.  Finally, one of our leaders asked one of the organizers when we would be permitted into the parade.  The guy responded that F. Edward Herbert, the Democratic Congressman from Louisiana who was the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee was the Grand Marshal of the parade and he didn't want any "peace groups" in his parade, so if we marched anywhere that night as a group, we would be arrested.  Flock it, we marched, we got arrested.

    So I was arrested for the first time in my life for trying to march in my first Veternas Day parade after I returned from Vietnam.

    Soldiers are required to do their jobs when politicians fail to do theirs

    by leftvet on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 12:52:29 PM PST

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