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Memorial Day

By Remy Benoit

I didn't know what message I was going to put here for Memorial Day. Working with veterans each day I am often overwhelmed by their pain. Our work is dedicated to helping to heal them.

Tonight I was watching the X Men First Class movie.
And tonight, after all these decades, watching the Cuban Missile horror show in the movie, instantly reliving those times, I lost it.

From kindergarten on we grew up with our coats over our heads in cloak closets, in hallways. When the Cuban Missile Crisis tore its way through the world, I was in tenth grade. Watching this in the movie, these words came to me after all these decades: "What an incredibly cruel and MAD way to raise children; to have them wait, to have them prepare, each day for the end of the world."

And now, and now what do we offer our children, and theirs, and theirs?

What is wrong with us that we just keep the cruelty going on and on? Why can't we do better?
We can do better, we really can. We owe that to our children and grandchildren. They have every right to demand that we work as hard for peace as we do for war. Do some research. Look into the peace talks of early 1968 and find out what happened to them. There is a HUGE lesson to be learned there.

To all of you who have served, who are serving, thank you for all you have and are giving. We owe it to you too to work harder for peace than we do for war.
Please, read this book, it will help show you the way to peace, personal and global. My review will follow soon. ***** absolutely
Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet.
Miz' Remy

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Well said Remy. My brothers and I have been there and as soldiers who have seen and participated in the madness of war, we have an obligation, duty and mandate to teach and work for peace. There are no 'winners' in warfare, only losers. It is always the 'non-combatants' who suffer the most. So on this Memorial Day, after years of war with little if any positive outcome now or likely in the future, let us renew our commitment to a world at peace. C.

Posted by: Sgt Chris, at 2012-05-27 06:19:44

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