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Another Memorial Day. When Will We Ever Learn?

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Where have all the soldiers gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the soldiers gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the soldiers gone?

Gone to graveyards every one

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?


Where Have All the Flowers Gone? By Pete Seeger


Once again, we are about to commemorate Memorial Day.   From Wikipedia:  

"Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.   Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service."

That vague, uncontroversial phrase, "Americans who have died while in the military service", conceals the bitter, savage truth that more than one hundred thousand U.S. soldiers have been killed, and hundreds of thousands more maimed, physically and/or psychologically, in numerous unnecessary, illegal wars of choice entered into by the United States, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, since 1945. Yet we continue to "honor" the memory of these soldiers who gave their precious lives, not in defense of our country, as politicians and media pundits always claim, but, in reality, for the "patriotic" lies and perversely immoral desires of the pathological, rapacious United States Empire, by continuing to support the thoroughly avoidable illegal U.S. wars of aggression for corporate/Wall Street profit waged by the United States without any sincere regard for the soldiers whose unnecessary deaths and "sacrifices" we later mourn on Memorial Day every year.

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Ed Ciaccio is a retired teacher who is active in the justice and peace community on Long Island, NY, and a writer whose work is featured at Dandelion Salad and has also been posted on Buzzflash and Information Clearing House as well as OpEdNews.
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