Memorial Day weekend…

Vietnam Veteran's Memorial

Today is Memorial Day in the United States.  I don’t think many people in this country care what it’s called or what it commemorates, only that it’s a public holiday, and as the first long weekend of the summer, folks use it as an opportunity for a vacation. I know because the Museum was awfully *busy* on the weekend, one of the tourists told me it took him an hour to get into the parking lot on Sunday afternoon.

Memorial Day Traditional: May 30
Observed: last Monday of May

According to Wikipedia Memorial Day is a public holiday in the U.S. observed on the last Monday of May to commemorate all the U.S. Service Members who died while in military service.

I think it’s sad that so few people care, because our young men and women are currently fighting two wars for us, and according to the Washington Post  (5.29.2011) – 6,013 have died:

  • 4,442 in Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • and 1571 in Operation Enduring Freedom

My post today is in honor of all the men and women who gave their lives in service to this country.

My deepest sympathy to all those mothers-fathers-wives-husbands-children whose loved ones died in Afghanistan and Iraq.

I also want to bring to your attention the numbers of off duty soldiers, members of the National Guard and Army Reserves who are dying by their own hands:  80 committed suicide in 2009,  145 last year.

Unlearned Lesson

Memorial Day
Of every year
The little valiant
Flags appear
On every fallen
Soldier’s grave–
Symbol of what
Each died to save.
And we who see
And still have breath–
Are we no wiser
For their death?

~Dorothy Brown Thompson~

Six thousand-and-thirteen is six thousand-and-thirteen too many, and that doesn’t count the thousands who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries, missing limbs… oh god. Enough! Enough!

Please sir, please President Obama, bring our young people home.

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7 Responses to Memorial Day weekend…

  1. Priya says:

    “And we who see
    And still have breath–
    Are we no wiser
    For their death?”

    Wars have devastated humanity, and yet, we are no wiser. It is heart-warming to see, however, that you found it worth your while to mention it on your blog. Such small acts have power, too, Rosie. And the young people will come home, healthy and whole.

    • dearrosie says:

      Dear Priya will we ever learn that war is NOT the answer?
      I hope and pray that President Obama will hear our cries of ENOUGH and bring our young men and women home.

  2. souldipper says:

    Rosie and Priya, We represent three countries – three significant countries (as is every country) who KNOW there is an alternative to war. We can trust and KNOW that no ordinary citizen of any country wants war. We can, in our own way, stand up to the few and stop what does not work.

    • dearrosie says:

      Exactly Amy! Thank you for bringing it up. So far on this blog the people in Canada, India, and USA have spoken out in unison that war is not the answer, and we all agree that it’s time to “Bring home our young people!”
      Is anyone in the US government listening to us? Hello….?

  3. I love your post,Rosie, as it’s always SO heartbreaking to me that on Memorial Day there is so little time given to honor our soldiers — those who have fallen and ALL who have served. I, too, am eager for all our service people to come home from Iraq and Afghanistan — how can we be fighting the two longest wars in the history of this country and it not even be a topic of DEBATE during the last election? How can we bitch & moan about the deficit when we are ignoring the fact that we are spending over $300 million a DAY on these wars? And unlike WWII, we at home have sacrificed nothing — while over 6,000 of our sons & daughters have paid the ultimate price. It breaks my heart … and I am so glad you thought to remember them!

    • dearrosie says:

      Thank you for your very eloquent comment Betty. I didn’t realize those two wars weren’t one of the debate topics in the last election. SHAME on us!
      Or that we’re still spending +$300 million a day – while our people are without jobs, homeless and starving! Double shame!
      And thanks too for bringing up the point that we at home have sacrificed nothing-nada, and most people have no idea that over six thousand of our young men and women have died over there. More shame on us.

      Dear President Obama, we the citizens of the world have spoken, and in unison, and we say BRING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE HOME! Please Sir, would you be kind enough to explain why, now that Osama bin Laden has been captured and thrown into the sea, we cannot bring our kids home???

  4. Pingback: Question: When is 33,000 not enough? Answer: When 70,000 are left behind. | Wondering Rose

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