Here's how one city remembered its war dead from the Bush and Obama wars.
Saluting the only member of our unit who was killed in action.
Our soldiers did not die for our country, he said. So who did they die for?
It’s customary to remember the soldiers who died for our country. But I’m not one for custom, so on this day, I’d like to remember the peace and justice activists who died for our country.
They say he died for his country, but he died too soon.
On Memorial Day, I remember some of the most ardent and intense peace enthusiasts: U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War.
Where are we, this Memorial Day, as a nation? We’re a nation that is creating more tombstones for next year’s Memorial Day.
One of the earliest field trips I remember from my childhood in Washington, DC was to the Arlington National Cemetery, just across the Potomac. I had never seen so many headstones, so many graves in my life. While America's leaders have led us into many unnecessary and imperial wars, it is the soldiers - men and women with flesh and blood - who are sent into the actual battles. They are the ones who often pay with their life.
Memorial Day has a distinct meaning for the veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and the families of the 5,400 Americans who have died in these wars.
This Memorial Day, as we honor our military heroes, I’d like to ask you to take a moment to appreciate the lives sacrificed for our country by those who were not born within our borders.
I almost can’t listen to George Bush anymore, and I almost can’t listen to clichés about patriotism, either.
But the two got married at Arlington on Monday, and the ceremony was unbearable.
There is one group of veterans that isn’t allowed to march in the national memorial parade in Washington on Monday.
That’s the Veterans for Peace, Delwin Anderson Memorial chapter, based in D.C. It’s named after a World War II vet who fought in Italy and then worked for the VA for many years designing programs for injured veterans.
The group had applied to join the National Memorial Day parade.
And initially, anyway, it was accepted.
But then, late last month, the group was told that it didn’t meet the criteria to participate.