Remembering the Dead -- Forgetting the Living
Remembering the Dead – Forgetting the Living
By: Jack Dalton
Here we are again, another Memorial Day weekend. Lots of flags will be flown; lots of speeches will be given; cemeteries will be visited; tears will be shed; lots of picnics and auto races will take place; most will talk sadly of the “fallen” whose graves will be adorned with plenty of flowers. The dead and fallen will be honored as America’s heroes in such a manner as to imply that it is dying for the country that is the greatest honor one may achieve.
While I agree that those who have given their lives should be remembered--I will as a lot of my friends are in those graves; but then I remember them every day of the week not just on one day of the year. Mostly though, I remember the living. I will remember them this Sunday in an hour long talk (radio) I will be giving on this—see details at the end of this post.
I remember that another generation of this nation is being sacrificed on the alter of war as was the case with Vietnam, Gulf War 1, Bosnia, and now Iraq and Afghanistan. The broken bodies, minds and spirits that came back from those wars were and still are being forgotten. Tossed aside by a V.A. that is not there to help put them back together and a congress that talks a lot about this nation’s veterans, but that does nothing to create positive affective change for those that have borne the brunt of the illegal wars they keep sending this nation into.
In fact the head of the V.A. recently stated that payments to veterans “are a threat to our national security.” That was repeated on the floor of the House of Representatives.
So while you have your memorials “honoring the dead” try and give some thought to the living. Remember the 85,000 that have come back from Iraq seeking care at the V.A., over half with PTSD, which has not been able to care for the Vietnam vets or the first Gulf War vets; and then there is the DU contamination no one wants to talk about. So while you remember the dead, remember the living.
The dead we cannot help; the living we can help. We can help to bring them home from Iraq and the sooner rather than later. How many more tombstones must there be? How many more people like Camilo Mejas, Kevin Benderman, Darrell Anderson, Pablo Paredes, Trent Helmkamp, Carl Webb, Adam Mowery are going to have to face criminal charges for refusing to participate in this BushCo war of choice in Iraq? (see here for active duty war resisters)
This and other issues I will be speaking on and about this Sunday, May 29th for an hour on a radio station in Pa. Here is the info from the station. It is a local AM station talk show but it will be available on the internet. It is a call-in show. Even though it is Memorial Day Sunday, and in the middle of the afternoon, no matter to me, I’ll take every opportunity that presents itself to speak on this war in Iraq and the treatment of veterans.
The show can be heard over the radio on KDKA 1020 on the am dial. They may listen on the web at http://www.kdkaradio.com/
The numbers are 412 333-KDKA (5352) or 1 877 855-5352.
The show starts at 4 PM eastern or whenever Pirate baseball ends and your segment will be on from 6:05 until 7 PM eastern.
Christopher T. Moore412 622-1388 CMoore@WQED.org1 800 876-1316
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