A few days ago this paper ran a story about, accompanied by a picture of,
Arlington National Cemetary. That photo, or a photo of the flags placed on
every grave in Arlington, would be the perfect photo for this story. The picture of the Normandy memorial that you used is beautiful, but with this
being the 150th Anniversary year of Arlington, and an article about this very
American holiday, I'm surprised you went with a cemetary located overseas.
Desnews: Its time to remember those who died, - even recently - to protect our
freedoms.----Its also time to acknowledge that not every
war protects our freedoms. Some wars are just dumb wars.
cjb: I'll go one step farther. Some wars our US government joins or
instigates are counterproductive to our freedom.
When we think of the lives that were lost in all the wars fought by United
States citizens, we should be humbled by their willingness to pay that price. We
should be grateful that they preserved liberty in America and offered freedom to
people world wide. There are those who are so selfish that they
think that they, and they alone, deserve to be free. They have forgotten that
other nations spent money and sent soldiers to assist this nation when our
meager resources and our small population could not prevail against England,
which was the superpower at the time.My father and my mother are
buried at the veterans cemetery near Camp Williams. Anyone who has a feeling
heart will have feelings of gratitude to those people and soldiers buried there,
and everywhere, who lived for freedom and died for freedom. The 10,000 who are
buried in Normandy, France show that we, as a nation, were not selfish with
freedom. We assisted France, just as France assisted us.
Personally, I'd like to have fewer dead soldiers to mourn. The
self-enriching old men who send our kids to fight unnecessary wars have a great
deal to answer for.
@Irony GuyI could not agree with you more! You want to support the
troops and honor them - then honor their lives, value their lives, and protect
their lives. Having seen combat personally, I don't recommend it for
anyone - especially when not in the actual defense of our country.
While I hope people take time to honor those who died to give us freedom, I
think the day has progressed to honoring all our deceased loved ones. My
siblings and I make a special effort to make sure my father's service is
honored by placing flags on his grave. With so many people honoring their loved
ones with flowers I for sure an not going to live by conventional thoughts and
have my parents' graves look like the only ones in the cemetery that n o
one loves enough to honor.