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Freedom Cupcakes?

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Freedom Cupcakes?

I’ve never lost anyone I loved to war. In fact, I don’t think that I know anyone who has died in war. That feels  absolutely remarkable given that I grew up with two parents who both served more than 20 years in the United States Air Force. Today, I feel deeply humbled by this reality.

On the news last night, I heard that six more soldiers died last Thursday while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan. They were stationed in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, a base near my home. Six more families without their loved ones. The future of our world altered in at least six more ways. Six more stories abruptly ended by America’s “War on Terror.” The whole thing turns my stomach, over and over and over again. It has for years.

Today is Memorial Day, the day we are supposed to remember the cost of freedom. We are to honor the people who’ve shed their blood for our country. Blood, like the thing that ran down my son’s legs when he wrecked his bike last weekend. Blood, the thing that races through my veins right now while I try to explain how an Air Force brat resents Memorial Day celebrations.

They lost their blood. They lost their lives. We buy beer and buns to celebrate… er, I mean to honor them. It makes me sick.

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2:50AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Mmmm thanks

8:53AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

People have turned loads of important holidays into "celebrations" and reasons to buy lots of new things. Its not right. Memorial day, Christmas, Easter, why cant people just realise what these days mean?

3:06PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

I think it was a quote from Zeitgeist: Moving Forward that said whenever our leaders mention freedom, they're talking the freedom for business to expand wherever it wants, not personal freedom at all. It's just a buzz word. The Kennedy speech was great. He died too young.

3:15AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

mitsubishi klima

3:15AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

mitsubishi klima

1:06PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

As for me living in the USA, it is a day to celebrate my family, living & dead. To remember those who have served and those who have passed.

I am proud to be able to do this.

1:43AM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

they look good!

8:34PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

People have forgotten what the day is about.We see it as the symbolic beginning of summer,a day off that is the perfect time for the first BBQ or trip to the beach of the season.Particularly for those who have never lost someone in a war,it's easy to stray from what Memorial Day is supposed to be.I'm as guilty as anyone.As for all the patriotic stuff,we seem to get Memorial Day confused with Independence Day.But is being patriotic really so far off the mark for this day?

2:53AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

I didn't think of it like that Past Member. Thank you for shedding it in a new light.

2:09AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

People of Celtic decent often have a wake for someone who died. It is a party of music, singing, laughing and yes, sometimes drinking. They do this to celebrate the fact that once upon a time they had a relationship with the departed one. Really it is not much different than the gathering or reception after any funeral. You sit, eat, and talk about all the wonderful experiences that you had with that person.
I am not a stranger to military death, my husband, drafted in March 1966, died in April that same year. I think memorial day, or memory day, is a day set aside as a wake every year.
And do you think that they would be impressed if we did that with grief in our hearts. They died that we might have the privledge of going on picnic without fear, flying a flag without fear. I will admit that commercializing it cheapens it, but we don't have to participate in that. So raise a glass and raise it high with a cheerful salute to the brave, courageous, soldiers that loved you so much that they died for you.

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