Monday, May 31, 2004

Memorial Day

I wanted to write a piece about Memorial Day. I wanted to honor my father, who served in two wars, and acknowledge the unpayable debt that I owe to those who have served. At the same time, I wanted to acknowledge the difficulty I have with those who have taken control of our military, and express my frustration that the blood my father shed is being dishonored by a President who has defiled the military by using it to advance his imperialist adventure - all while thanking those soldiers who are doing their duty honorably in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea and other places around the globe.

Thank you, Billmon, for writing what I wanted to write.


Blogger lj said...

The interesting thing is if your father, having served honorably, feels or felt the same way.

Most veterans do not share the same views you do. Ironically going through the horrors of war usually doesn't affect their patriotism. In fact, it usually awakens their patriotism.

My deepest gratitude to your father and others who nobly served to protect their country, no matter who questioned their motives.

6/03/2004 6:10 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

My Dad would probably agree with me if he were still alive. Regardless, he would support me in stating my opinions, and he would join me in my revulsion of those who equate, in any way, shape or form, criticism of the president with lack of patriotism or lack of support for the troops.

6/04/2004 2:46 PM  
Blogger lj said...

Dan, I certainly didn't mean to imply that criticism of the president is akin to being unpatriotic, although in a sense, you are hunting down the right track.

By that I mean, that the great thing about men like your father and others who served so honorably, did so in spite of their beliefs and not necessarily for them. I'm not gullible enough to believe that all soldiers and politicians in WWII were in support of FDR and his policies, but they believed in America and if America went to war, they went too.

The vietnam generation has ruined our country because it has produced a generation of protestors. Not just about war, but about everything. If you don't like something you don't have to do it. I've never talked to a D-day veteran that liked it. But they did it. But in our time, no cause is just and patriotism and nationalism is seen as overkill. Losing faith in your government and elected officials is one thing but losing faith in your country is quite another. Our forefathers knew the difference, this generation does not. And that is tragic.

6/08/2004 12:20 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

LJ - you write that our country has been ruined. Sad to see an America-hater out there. The situation is not as bad as you claim, and was not as good as you claim.

By comparing D-Day to Bush's adventure in Iraq is simply mistaken, and to jump from that false comparison to a conclusion that those who criticize Bush are out of step with WWII veterans is a misappropriation of their honor.

People today are, perhaps, a little less likely to indulge in blind patriotism and nationalism, and that's a good thing. In fact, that's a very good thing.

6/08/2004 6:45 AM  

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