Veterans for Peace
May 19. 2017 12:18AM
To the Editor: On Memorial Day, I will be remembering all those who have fallen in America’s wars. Moreover, I will honor those military personnel, especially post-World War II, who have had their lives taken from them while being sent overseas to participate in illegal, immoral, or unjust actions. And, on this day, it would be fitting to discuss the horrific impact of war on surviving veterans and civilians.
It would also be appropriate to remember all those innocent civilians who were robbed of their lives by warfare, including millions of Vietnamese. Starting with World War I, civilian deaths far exceed the number of armed forces members’ deaths. We should grieve for all the casualties of war.
On Memorial Day, Veterans for Peace will be at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in D.C., where we will honor the dead whose names are on the Wall (and remember those whose names are not inscribed – the 100,000 Vietnam veterans who have committed suicide). We will read letters and poems written by veterans, family members, friends and the public that address the madness of war. For more information on the American War on Vietnam, go to www.vietnamfulldisclosure.org.
Finally, killing does not solve problems as it just makes those problems more difficult to resolve. Bullets and bombs cannot kill a political or religious idea. On Memorial Day, the ideal way to honor all the dead is to ensure that others do not die in war that is, indeed, the “scourge of humankind.” Instead, let us wage peace.