Letters to the Editor

May 27, 2014

Letter | Troops are humans, not symbols

Amid the cotton candy and parades under tri-colored banners, let’s remember what Memorial Day means. It isn’t a day for demonstrations of collective nationalism. It isn’t a holy day to worship symbols or to parrot top-down mantras about what is means to love one’s country. Memorial Day is about people. It’s about young men and women who have died in war. Some were volunteers; others were conscripts. Some supported the causes for which they were sent to kill and die; others did not. Some died in fear; some died too numb to be afraid. Most left behind families — children, mothers, fathers, wives, sisters and brothers — and empty places at the table.

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