Another Memorial Day come and gone. I made no tributes. I had no wreathes to lay at half-mast flags. No war movies to binge on today (I’m trying to catch up on Dr. Who). No parades to watch (it rained in my neck of the woods). The cookout I did go to was on a lovely Saturday evening for my cousin who graduated from Howard University. I didn’t go to the Jersey Shore (that rain again). No excessive Memorial Day shopping (except for a few groceries). I did nothing to really “commemorate” today.
Today was a day dedicated to the dead-plain and simple. We saw images of loved ones who served flashed on social media. We also saw images of non-White and female vets who served a country that never recognized them. We played “Taps” on bugles and “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes. We visited the graves of loved ones either in civilian cemeteries or military cemeteries. For our recent dead from Iraq, Afghanistan, or even the 1990s skirmishes of Kosovo and Somalia there are empty seats at our dinner and cookout tables today. Despite all the pomp and celebration, today was (sadly) a day we honor those, who directly or indirectly ended the lives of others-be they combatant or civilian.
Despite all this “honor” we never learn anything. We’ll still fight because we think it’s the right thing to do. We’ll send our boys and girls (usually poor and/or non-White) to some far-flung killing field for hollow “democracy” and withering “freedom.” We’ll make big fake-sounding speeches how “some gave all” and making the “ultimate sacrifice.” We’ll hold up these people as paragons of “manhood” and “womanhood,” whilst even a dummy will tell you they were just corporate patsies. We’ll have a cowardly president stand in front of us and give lip service to these people. We’ll keep having Memorial Days over and over…
In the meantime, I will be the one on the sidelines, shaking his head. I’ll still post in hopes that someone will read and maybe-just maybe-ponder on my words (and the words of others who feel the same)….
Until then, Peace.
(Image: Flag. 2016).