Memorial and Veterans Day hypocrisy

Common Dreams
by Stephen Lendman

05/28/07

Because both days are related, they’re discussed together. The first, Memorial Day, is commemorated on the last Monday in May and was first observed in 1866 and called Decoration Day beginning in 1868. Usage of Memorial Day wasn’t common until after WW II and wasn’t the holiday’s official name until federal law called it that in 1967. The day is an occasion to honor the nation’s men and women who died in military service to the country. … Both holidays wouldn’t be needed in a nation dedicated to peace, but one committed to perpetual war for an unattainable peace dishonors its youth in life and disingenuously honors those who died in imperial wars for conquest and plunder...

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/05/26/1467/



The paranoid and the dead

CounterPunch
by Col. Dan Smith

05/28/07

Every national holiday develops traditions that pass from generation to generation. Except for Armistice Day — now called Veterans Day — no holiday is observed with more melancholy than is Memorial Day. But this day, unlike, say, July Fourth, seems to have developed two traditions depending on whether or not the United States is at peace or the armed forces are in a hot war when the last weekend of May arrives...

http://www.counterpunch.org/smith05282007.html


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