I started a fire this morning from the coals from last night’s fire. While doing that I started thinking about Memorial Day and what it means to me.
I know what the media wants it to mean and I know what advertisers want it to mean but I don’t think it should mean an unwavering belief that all war is justified and all war-time deaths were necessary. I really don’t think its a day for celebration and commemorating by rushing out to buy a new car, a new grill or a new summer wardrobe.
War is crap. Ultimately the flag waving comes out and democracy is heralded but it always starts out as a land grab or a power grab. And there are always weapons, wounded and death involved.
I abolutely honor the fallen soldiers. I believe the majority of them served in the name of democracy, decency and fairness.
However, the fallen never start the wars.