Observing Veteran’s Day

Randy Owens as he appeared in
the 2004 Veteran's Day Parade
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Randy Owens as he appeared in the 2004 Veteran’s Day Parade

A lthough I dropped the colloquial moniker of “Dr.” some time ago as indicated on the photo credit, it seemed to cause confusion, I sometimes wonder if a medicine man is needed for our country when Veteran’s Day rolls around every year.

I sometimes hear someone say: “Happy Veteran’s Day.” It’s an ambiguous occasion for sure. Because, so many veteran’s and so many American’s do have so much to be happy for. And, much of what America has to be happy for is in part due to the sacrifices of veterans. But of course, there are so many who didn’t come home, and so many who come home with enduring injuries, and so the sadness of war remains – victory or not.

I respect and appreciate every veteran who has served this country honorably and in good faith. But, these days I often question the motivations of our wars. More and more it seems to me our country is willingly surrending the values and principles that have been paid for with so much blood. I don’t understand that.

Almost as if to add insult to injury, the City of Huntsville has waited many years to build a memorial to veterans. So many WWII veterans have already grown old and passed away. Even while the finishing touches are just now being completed, the testament to valor and bravery, and independence and freedom, almost seems to be a cheeky – “not really.”

It looks like rain tomorrow. So I don’t plan to take any new photos of this year’s parade. Maybe I’ll do an exposé of Huntsville’s memorial at a later time. It really is a great site to see.

© 2012 – Jim Casey
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