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Memorial and Veterans Day Hypocrisy - by Stephen Lendman

Annually America's warrior tradition is commemorated in major media editorials and op-eds, honoring fallen men and women for reasons not explained. More on that below.

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On May 29, The New York Times headlined, "Among the Graves This Memorial Day," saying:

Besides families mourning soldiers "recently lost in Iraq or Afghanistan....(t)here is still a generation mourning friends, relatives and fellow servicemen lost in Vietnam, Korea and World War II...."

"Whatever you make of the wars in which those soldiers fought, whatever you make of war itself, their sacrifices are real and permanent," omitting what most needs explained about imperial arrogance responsibility for lost lives.

The Chicago Tribune headlined, "Hoist a glass for Red," saying:

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Red Madsen and others like him "gave portions of their lives to warfare but survived. This day is theirs too," stressing shared sacrifices they all made "defend(ing) this country," leaving unexplained that America's war are imperial, unrelated to defense.

The Washington Post also reflected in an editorial headlined, "A Memorial Day remembrance." It honored Navy Seals involved in the alleged bin Laden killing stunt and (until his May 25 death) Maryland's last living Medal of Honor recipient (Baltimore's Paul J. Wiedorfer).

It was mostly reflective boilerplate until the final thought, recalling an earlier Wiedorfer comment, saying:

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if the Medal of Honor didn't exist because there were no wars and we could all live in peace?"

Rarely ever do America's media express that sentiment, never its warrior leaders, reflected in Obama's 2011 proclamation saying:

"On this Memorial Day, we honor the generations of Americans who have fought and died to defend our freedom....From Gettysburg to Kandahar, America's sons and daughters have served with honor and distinction, securing our liberties and laying a foundation for lasting peace."

Waging multiple imperial wars, readying plans for others, and numerous proxy ones, his hypocrisy requires no comment, desecrating the graves he pretends to honor.

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Memorial and Veterans Days of Shame

Commemorated on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day was first observed in 1866, called Decoration Day in 1868. In 1967, federal law officially made it the time to honor America's fallen men and women. More on that below.

Veterans Day was formerly Armistice Day (Remembrance Day in Europe), commemorating WW I's end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year in 1918 when guns on both sides went silent, or were supposed to. First observed in America in 1919, it became a legal holiday in 1938. In June, 1954, Congress changed its name to Veterans Day.

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