Memorial day comes with the mixed feelings about wars that have taken the lives of men by violence, and many from suicide who cannot live with what they have been ordered to do.
On May 24,2012 the Department of Defense sends its condolences, with a video message. Service men and women who were well scripted, well read, and without compassion spoke to the families of those who have lost their lives in meaningless wars.
Has there ever been a war, where something good has come from it? On May 21, 2012 Democracy Now reported on the Iraq Veterans Against the War who voiced their opinions about U.S. wars, in a ceremony where more than 40 veterans discarded their war medals by hurling them down on a Chicago street in the direction of the largest NATO summit in history.
The city of Chicago made it a point in a commercial to welcome NATO the organization that has spurred protests around the world, for its destruction of countries, and the death of the innocent civilians with the most recent lawsuit coming from the people of Libya.
In August of 2011 Jesse Richard made a statement that many veteran's are agreeing with.
"No member of the US military contributes in any way whatsoever to protecting the freedoms of the American people. As a matter of fact, they are more likely to turn their weapons on you than they are to defend your Constitutional rights."
Confirming what he has said to be true, that if necessary the government will order military to turn their guns upon innocent civilians, as well as veteran's. In 1932, in the height of the Great Depression, over 30,000 veterans and their families traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby for early payment of a bonus due to them for service in World War I. They were driven out of the city by the U.S. Army. Their efforts they thought forever changed the way America treats its veterans are now being challenged again.
On Memorial Day of 2012 as we remember those who have lost their lives in meaningless wars, we must remember an error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.