This Memorial Day, find a way to honor the veterans with parades, visits to monuments and national parks where they are featured, and put a flower next to a gravesite of a fallen hero. And let's spend the other 364 days in the year fighting just as hard for them as they have for us!
I had the humble honor of serving in our military. But my service was a privilege, not a sacrifice. But I had friends with whom I served who made the ultimate sacrifice. To them and their fallen brothers and sisters I am forever grateful.
As the sun rises on Memorial Day weekend in Bakersfield, CA, more than 100 volunteers will converge on a popular local park to transform the lush green landscape into a sea of red, white, and blue. Crews will spend their Saturday morning attaching 1,000 American flags to metal poles, then strategically placing them across the park's hills and around the lake. The result is a spectacle that has become the city's newest, yet most visible Memorial Day tradition.
But for 300 million-plus Americans today, there is no realization on a daily basis of what our brothers and sisters in uniform are doing to keep us safe and secure. In fact, less than one percent of our population currently serves in the Armed Forces compared to more than 12 percent during World War II, and very few have a direct connection to someone in the military.
We don't have to wait to see whom we elect to the highest offices in the land to start to fix many problems in this country. As a former citizen-soldier, it's clear to me that a more universal sense of service would make us better citizens of a better nation.
Let's teach our children that our freedom was bought and paid for by generations of service members they will never meet; while we can never repay our debt to them, it is our responsibility to remember them.
Though Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, it is a somber holiday. It is a day to honor some of the true American Heroes, the memb...
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Today, it seems to be all about self. What can my country do for me: A long list of "I want" -- presumed entitlements, as rights, by virtue of American birth. The "home of the free and land of the brave" lost to narcissistic death spiral.
As a former soldier, as well as a father and husband of other soldiers, there is much I appreciate about the military. But, perhaps one of the things I appreciate about it most, recently, is its commitment to leading the way on energy efficiency, and combatting climate change.
One could at least argue during the Cold War that it was in America's interest to defend countries even if they would not protect themselves. No longer. Washington faces no hegemonic threat, no ideological competitor, no international peer.
In honor of Memorial Day, here is an essay I wrote about the roll call formation that happens when a soldier doesn't return home from war. Roll Call...
It's not time to give up; it's time to get active. And when we follow Congressional debates on critical defense issues, we should keep an eye out for pork barrel interests that too often distort the development of sound policies.
The revered Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano wrote these words a few months after the events he alludes to: On May 10, 2013, 30 years after the crimes were committed, former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya Ixil population and sentenced to 80 years is prison.
Hey, I'm a big supporter of veterans and milfams, and the orgs that help 'em out. One way that I support them each year is through the Veterans Charit...
Did you know that in the nine months leading to the criminal war of aggression against Iraq, at least 300 retired, high-level officials spoke out against the looming invasion? But, shockingly, these respected individuals were ignored by the war-drum pounding White House, a mass media mad with hysteria, and an abdicating Congress.