Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918 with the Germans signing of the Armistice.
Whether you call it Armistice or Veteran’s Day let’s don’t lose site of the sacrifices that were made so that we may enjoy a life of freedom.
It is so sad that the average age of our sons and daughters wearing the uniform of the United States of America is only 23 years old and some of those are fathers and mothers themselves.
The average age of Congressmen is 56 years and for a Senator, 61.
What is wrong with this picture? We have the old burying the young. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
Maybe the stupidity of war at the Pentagon would hit closer to home if these Congressmen and Senators were involved in placing the remains of our valiant warriors in body bags, writing the letters to all of their loved ones explaining how heroic their sons and daughters were just before their lives were snuffed out. Or knock on the doors of the mothers and fathers and explaining these actions face to face which would be the least that the parents should expect from our government.
If somehow we could also get the heads of state from the warring nations to do the same then perhaps we could start looking for ways of getting along with each other and stop all of this senseless mayhem.
Body count in Vietnam was used to show that the United States was winning the war.
Ho Chi Minh said, in reference to the French, “You can kill ten of our men for every one we kill of yours. But even at those odds, you will lose and we will win.” Most analysis of war casualties indicates that the allied army inflicted roughly a three-to-two ratio of communist combat deaths against allied deaths. Ho Chi Minh was proved correct in that the US eventually pulled out
General Tommy Franks’ statement that “we don’t do body counts” was widely reported. Critics claimed that Franks was only attempting to evade bad publicity, while supporters pointed to the failure of body counts to give an accurate impression of the state of the war in Vietnam.
To me war looks like some sort of ugly blood sport. Just like the Roman Empire: Lions 1000 Christians 0. Oh that’s right, the Roman Empire collapsed didn’t it.
So on this Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2010, if you want to count something let’s count all of the people who are remembering all of our fallen comrades in arms and push to get our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins and our neighbors back from Afghanistan.
Prisoner of War – Missing in Action
With the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act during the term of the 105th Congress …’POW/MIA Flag’ will fly each year on:
Armed Forces Day – Third Saturday in May
Memorial Day – Last Monday in May
Flag Day – June 14th
Independence Day – July 4th
National POW/MIA Day – Usually the third Friday in September, but sometimes varies
Veteran’s Day – November 11th