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An Honest Memorial

May 31, 2010

I listened this morning to KQED’s Forum for a little while. The first hour was dedicated to callers adding their two cents about Memorial Day. One caller recounted his resentment when, soon after his return from the Persian Gulf War, fellow spectators chatted and drank beer through the National Anthem while he stood with his hand over his heart. Other callers lamented how Memorial Day has become just a day off, instead of a day of honoring and remembrance.

The soldier’s resentment and the callers’ dismay are both justified. It seems to me that the best way to honor the memory of the men and women who have died protecting our country would be to assure that their deaths are not in vain by keeping our country out of wars with convoluted justifications, undefined goals and questionable effects on our nation’s security.

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