Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Memorial Day

Memorial Day. In the rest of the world, it takes place on 11/11 at 11, and is reverently remembered. In Britain there is a tradition that everything stops for a moment of silence and contemplation.

Here in the US, of course November is reserved for "Veterans' Day": and the remembering of war dead is in May. And there is never a moments thought given to those other than our war dead --- after all, it would be unpatriotic to spare a tear for a dead child in Iraq, let alone a member of an opposing force.

And even our military leaders, the chief of staff, can't keep track of how many of ours have died, say in Iraq.

Instead, we have a barbecue, we party.


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