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How should we honor and remember those who we send away to fight and die for us?

Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Aug 24, 2011

Comments on another Town Forum thread stimulate me to start another thread.

We, as a society, seem very ready to start wars and to then send others off to fight and die in those wars. Sadly our enthusiasm is short lived and our memories even shorter. When those wars drag on longer than this season's TV programs we lose interest in the wars and we seem to forget about those whom WE have sent to do our dirty work. Some die in OUR service and the others return to a thankless society that has no interest in their welfare.

Why?

"…to care for him who shall
have borne the battle, and
for his widow and his orphan…"

Abraham Lincoln; March 4, 1865

"We are dealing with
veterans, not procedures –
with their problems, not ours."

Omar Bradley; 1947



I would politely ask responders to stick to the topic and to avoid attacking others - if you want to do either please do so in another thread or somewhere else.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I questions whether we as a society like to start wars. Our politicians like to start them. If they had to go fight them there would probably be far fewer. In my lifetime there has been Vietnam, the first Gulf war, the Iraq war and teh war in Afghanistan. Only the war in Afghanistan was brought on by any provocation. The others were started by politicians for political reasons and sold to the public with lies. The only wars we as a society are interested in being involved in are those in which we were first attacked.

I think our society is trying to make sure we take care of those that go to war for us. I think it is one of the reasons we thank them for their service. When the VA screws up Americans seem pretty quick to condemn them and demand action.


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