Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday in the United States. It is a time of honoring service members who have died, while serving in the country’s Armed Forces. Family members and those who served fully understand. To many others, it’s just the start of the summer vacation season; going to the shore, cooking in the back yard for visiting family members or going to the park.
Veterans Day on the other hand is the time to honor those who served in the military; they survived but they still feel the pain, some internal and some external. I still talk with Vietnam veterans who are suffering from P.T.S.D.
Scott Pelley from CBS News talked about the American flag in today’s political terms. There are fifty stars on the flag, but how many are liberal and how many are conservative? How or what will bring us together in all that blue.
‘What we have here is a failure to communicate‘, or are we so set in our ways by pooling together in our separate camps watching news and social media that just confirms our way thinking? If you watch a lot of TV you would thing we were about to have a cold civil war.
As a results, nothing seems to get done in Washington D.C. Politicians are so busy fighting each other that the public good is suffering; raising cost of health care, failing infrastructure, and raising cost of higher education. Scott ask the question, whose fault is it? We the people don’t study the issues , so politicians lie because we don’t know the facts. Then the news media and social media gets involved and dangles scandals before us, because it gets more viewers and increases more advertising dollars.
We vote in Federal election once every two years and many don’t take the time to do that. Politicians get in office and stay for life. If the President of the United States can only serve two terms why do politicians inherit a lifetime position. General Officers hold their rank but not their positions.
We the people pay the price to support our families and yes, some go beyond; first- responders and and service members. We live in the ‘Home of the Brave’ because the sacrifice of many. However many still remember the sacrifices of many (CNN photos of Memorial Day 2019).
As a Vietnam area veteran I was proud to stand next to Mr. Russell A. Harvey a World War II Veteran who stood tall at 104 years.