Memorial Day thoughts

Posted: 2012/05/28 in Coping
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(I originally posted this to Facebook on Memorial Day in 2012. An atheist friend and a religious right friend both “liked” it. I thought it worth posting here too, because I’m in the middle of writing another post called “A Time to Hate,” about the place of violence relative to the path of love, and they seem to be related.)

Some of America’s wars are more noble than others. But that’s about us and the leaders we select, and not about those who served.

Today is set aside for those who put on the uniform and picked up a weapon because we asked or told them to. Some of them never came home. Some of them came home broken in body and spirit. They all deserve our respect and gratitude.

We owe them, not just today, but every day of the year. Befriend a veteran. Come alongside a grieving or struggling family. Cut them some slack. Listen to them. Learn from them.

And long for the day when, “Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”

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