November 11th is Veteran’s Day, a time when the American people honor the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that made the United States a great country.
One could argue that this Veteran’s Day is different than those in years past. This year, the U.S. is facing an economic crisis of unprecedented proportions. There is greater economic disparity between the ultra wealthy and the middle class than ever before, and if some get their way, that disparity will only continue to grow.
Unlike many veterans of previous wars, young adults today are unlikely to enjoy a higher standard of living than their parents. Meanwhile, Wall Street and its politicians whine about slight tax increases that could help save this country from another Great Depression. Veterans themselves have been marginalized and in many cases ignored by the very government they risked their lives to serve.
Just like past generations, however, Americans have shown that they will not allow this country to be dismantled by the unending greed of the 1%. Young and old have put aside their personal struggles to become part of something greater. The mainstream media may want to typecast the Occupy Wall Street movement as a gang of hippies, welfare moochers, or communists, but this is an insult to the diverse, educated, passionate individuals that have gathered in cities across the country to take a stand against corruption.
Many of these occupiers are military veterans, and today, we honor their bravery by sharing their view of the Occupy Wall Street movement in their own words. I dare you to watch these videos and not be inspired to join them.
WWII Veteran and His Wife of 61 Years
This is a veteran of WWII and his wife of 61 years at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York. He thought that the protest needed a broad base. He was at the oldest end of a broad base represented there.
Korea Vet at Occupy LA
Bill Steyerd, Vietnam Vet and Peace Activist
Joe Carter, Iraq Veteran
In case you’re wondering why everyone is repeating what Joe says, it’s a way to relay what is being said to people further back in the crowd.