Alternate Veterans Day, 11/11
Posted November 8, 2014on:
In checking through the calendar I noticed that besides standard holidays it includes many military commemorations. One problem. It only included “victories.” It didn’t include important other military events, such as the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Japan – the only use in history. This date is commemorated by many as Hiroshima Day, but not by the DAV. I declined to donate.
I find it annoying that we are expected, even pressured, to help take care of veterans when the bloated ”Defense” Dept. budget consumes almost half of the discretionary spending of the annual U.S. federal budget. Yes, veterans deserve care – medical and educational, for examples – but not at additional citizen expense. The Bible directs us the care for orphans and widows and visit prisoners. Soldiers are not specifically mentioned.
Having lived in Iowa for 35 years, I am greatly disappointed with one of our US senators, Chuck Grassley, who at one time worked to identify and reduce overspending in the “Defense” Dept., such as the $400 hammer. During the past six years, however, he has abandoned that worthy effort and has worked lockstep with his fellow GOP obstructionists.
This Veterans Day I plan to wear my “Adopt-A-MineField” t-shirt to remind folks that we still need to clean up all the landmines in Southeast Asia (and elsewhere) that continue to kill and maim, especially children. The t-shirt was produced by the Johnson County, Iowa, United Nations Association.
And I will continue to urge our church council not to place the pictures of our military members in the lobby of our church. I feel sorry that so many patriotic men and women have been deceived to put their lives and the lives of others at risk in violent conflicts to protect the egos of some blood-thirsty politicians. Let’s also put up pictures of our teachers and medical workers as people who make important contributions to our society. Those jobs are not without serious risks too.
How might you celebrate an alternate Veterans Day?
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