I’m not sure but I think Remembrance Day is the new name for Memorial Day. It is supposed to be a day when we remember those who gave their lives over the years for the good of the country. That is what the goal of this piece is to be. I am not sure of the total number of men and women who sacrificed their lives in the many wars we have waged but I am thinking it is in the many of millions. Let’s see their was Viet Nam with 58,000 plus on our side. I think there were at least a half million in the Civil War on both sides. Of course we were both sides.
I am only considering counted bodies. I am not counting those who survived the actual battles and mustered out only to die later on through complications from injuries suffered during battle. I would definitely add them to the list if only we knew who they were. In actuality nobody who goes to war returns untouched. To these brave young men and women I bow my head.
I am also reminded of those brave souls among us who fought against the wars. Those who braved the demonstrations, the water canons, the tear gas and the public ridicule because they had the courage to stand up for what they believed. To these brave young men and women I also bow my head.
We are living in a time when more and more of the people who serve us in the public sector have never experienced combat. I mean those in Congress. The men and women who actually sign us up to enter the wars. Those people who don’t actually have a “dog in the fight”. Lets face it rich people’s kids don’t go to war anymore.
I really have nothing more to say on the subject except isn’t it time to rethink who we elect to watch over our children? Isn’t it time to say “Not with my children”?