We went to war because our country asked us to go, because our new president, Lyndon B. Johnson, ordered us to go, but more importantly because we saw it as our duty to go. That is one kind of love.
Another and far more transcendent love came to us unbidden on the battlefields, as it does to every battlefield in every war man has ever fought. We discovered in that depressing, hellish place, where death was our constant companion, that we loved each other. We killed for each other, we died for each other, and we wept for each other. And in time we came to love each other as brothers. In battle our world shrank to the man on our left and the man on our right and the enemy all around. We held each other’s lives in our hands and we learned to share our fears, our hopes, our dreams as readily as we shared what little else good came our way.
We were the children of the 1950s and John F. Kennedy’s young stalwarts of the early 1960s. He told the world that Americans would “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship” in the defense of freedom. We were the down payment of that costly contract, but the man who signed it was not there when we fulfilled his promise. John F. Kennedy waited for us on a hill in Arlington National Cemetery, and in time we came by the thousands to fill those slopes with our white marble markers and to ask on the murmur of the wind if that was truly the future that he had envisioned for us. We Were Soldiers Once…and Young, Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Joseph L. Galloway (via demons)
Somebody please explain this to me … without using the words “contempt for our military” or “contempt for the American people”.
I don’t think it can be done. Because I think either or both of those phrases are the only possible explanations.
There is no compelling need to physically protect an open air war memorial in a park setting from the very military veterans the memorial purports to honor. None.
The very idea is laughably stupid and shows a petty and possessive attitude.
Hey, guess what Washington? You work for us! And all that stuff you have? It’s really ours. That is our memorial, paid for by us. Americans fought and died for us, the American people, for family and friends and freedom and our way of life, not for dipshit bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.
Don’t you EVER forget it.