This is my annual offering on a day I wish we didn’t have to recognize. Not from lack of homage for the sacrifices made by young men and women in carrying out their duties while serving our country, but because war will no longer be an action mankind takes in dealing with other humans we share this tiny blue dot with.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. Dwight D. Eisenhower
To Not Die In Vain
Yet another Memorial Day rolls around
With each flag placed neatly on rounded mound
For those lying silent beneath the ground.
There lies each woman and man
Who perished in a distant land
For things we seldom understand.
Proclamations given to make us proud
With pomp and circumstance they’re said aloud
But heard no more under covered shroud.
If die they must it should be clear,
Our cause is just and sincere
To promote a world free from fear.
We cannot throw away good souls
For extraneous reasons given by those
Who only gain and never lose.
Young men and women cannot be fodder
Thrown into battle and led to slaughter
By those who sacrifice neither son nor daughter.
Let wars be executed if we must
But for reasons that are just;
Anything less violates a sacred trust.
This great nation has always stood
As a standard for each who would
Treat all equally and promote what’s good.
For all have a stake in what’s honored this day,
That loss of life that has given way
To prevent future wars so we can say,
Let it be clear we are here today
To seek a path, a certain way;
That war no longer serves as a need to pray.
I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. – George McGovern