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Memorial Day Weekend

By Remy Benoit

So, we are cranking up the barbies, making the salad and slaw; bunning up those dogs and burgers.

Chilling the keg, and readying up for the toasted marshmallows.

Nothing wrong with that.


But let us not forget that this is a day to remember those who have protected your freedom to do what you will be doing.

Memorial Day at the Davis Virtual Market.

These are some thoughts on war to consider over the weekend.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) American Musician

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

Dwight Eisenhower 1953 speech

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.

George McGovern

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

Ronald Reagan

When you thank a Veteran for his or her service this weekend, and please do that, consider the following quote:

You know the real meaning of PEACE only if you have been through the war.



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