Memorial Day 2006: Honor the Fallen, Not the War

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0529-25.htm

Bush at West Point: Vows Long Middle Eastern War, Spreads the Fallacy of the Cold War Analogy
//www.commondreams.org/views06/0528-21.htm

Where is the Shared Hope of Our Old Memorial Days?
//www.commondreams.org/views06/0529-24.htm

Honoring the Dead on Memorial Day
//www.commondreams.org/views06/0527-23.htm



Iraq Veterans Against the War: Memorial Day 2006 Statement

Iraq Veterans Against the War will spend this Memorial Day in its true meaning of remembrance and not in decadent celebrations of the three-day weekend, barbeques, discount sales events, and flag-waving that has come to replace the image of fallen service members in the minds of most Americans.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052906A.shtml



One Soldier's Story on Memorial Day

Garett Reppenhagen: "Memorial Day is a painful reminder of our failed mission in Iraq. My experiences there changed my view of this war. Before I was deployed, I - like many other Americans - thought that military intervention was the only way to protect America's security. But after I spent some time in Iraq, I came to question our reason for being there. I came to realize that this war is not making America a safer place."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052906B.shtml



Bloody Scenes Haunt a Marine

Lance Cpl. Roel Ryan Briones says he is tormented by two memories of November 19, 2005, in Haditha, Iraq. The first is of the body of his best friend and fellow Marine blown apart just after dawn by a roadside bomb. The second is of the lifeless form of a small Iraqi girl, one of two dozen unarmed civilians allegedly killed by members of his Camp Pendleton unit - Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052906C.shtml



For Soldier, Pacifist, a Marriage of War and Peace

For the warrior, the badge is an insignia that he saw action and risked his life for his country. The anti-warrior feels just as proud - and patriotic - when she borrows his cap and wears his badge on her long march for peace.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052906D.shtml



Iraq War Widows Seek Strength Amid Loss

Those who lost husbands early have been living their grief, raising children without fathers and building futures with memories of hard men who turned soft with children. For those recently widowed, grief chokes out the hope.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052906E.shtml



On the Homefront: War Takes Its Toll on Overburdened Military Families

Two new books about the Iraq War have given a 21st-century recasting to the war wife. Stacy Bannerman's "When the War Came Home" and Kristin Henderson's "While They're at War" provide vivid descriptions and heart-wrenching details of the way war reaches into every aspect of the lives of soldiers' spouses.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052906F.shtml



Last Week's Military Deaths

The Defense Department last week identified American military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq or who died at a US hospital of their injuries.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052906G.shtml



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