Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day

Memorial Day should always mean something to us... but when we are a country at war, it should mean even more. Particularly when the American people were lied to about the reasons behind that war. Particularly when the soldiers being sent to fight that war are not being taken care of while they're in the midst of battle, nor when they return home.

So, here are a few thoughts to contemplate on this Memorial Day, as our President hypocritically calls for a "day of prayer for permanent peace."

* Take a look at the list of those brave individuals who gave their lives in the bravest manner - because their Commander-In-Chief called them into battle, and they answered the call selflessly, whether they agreed with the rationale or not;

* In particular, take a moment to remember individuals like Spec. Edward W. Brabazon, a young man who was allowed to join the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, despite the fact that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder from the age of 10. Despite his mental illnesses, he was asked to serve in the Middle East, and he did. Three months into his second deployment, he shot himself in the head and died;

* If you're in Chicago, consider joining the VVAW (Vietnam Veterans Against The War) at the corner of Wacker and Wabash at 11:00AM for their Memorial Day Ceremony;

* In San Diego, join the San Diego Veterans For Peace at Live Oak Park from 10:00AM until 6:00PM;

* In Philadelphia, join the VAIW (Veterans Against The Iraq War), as they present their tribute to Iraqi vets, A Sea of Tombstones, at Arlington North - 5th and Market Streets. VAIW "honors the warriors; not the war" and deserve our respect;

There are many similar events taking place across the country. Let your voice be heard - respectfully, peacefully, and in support of our troops.

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