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It Is Time We Have A Holiday To Honor Those Who Try To Stop Wars


Society & Culture  (tags: wars, war resisters, holiday, stop wars, peace, usa )

Sheryl
- 1234 days ago - vox.com
Some wars are not worth fighting. Some causes are not worth sacrificing American lives for. Those who have fought to remind the government of those basic facts deserve our respect and our thanks.



   

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Freya H (358)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 3:30 pm
A wonderful idea! International Peace Day. I suggest the 6th of August, the anniversary of atom-bombing Hiroshima, Japan (but did I really need to explain that?)
 

Kathryn M (108)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 4:21 pm
Love this!!!
 

Judy C (91)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 4:29 pm
This article was very informative. I think I was unaware of about all the facts in this article. That's not too surprising, considering the lack of recognition of the value of resisting wars that are not worth fighting, that we find in our country. It's about time we recognize those in the U.S. who don't just jump on every war bandwagon. A rule of thumb that I would suggest is that the more ill-defined the objective, the less worth fighting a particular war may be. The "War on Terror" is particularly open to bogus interpretation in that respect. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 4:51 pm
YES would love to see it--somehow i doubt it'll be happening anytime soon...only those who start wars are glorified as witnessed time after time. What a society. thx Dandelion
 

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 5:50 pm
Glad you pointed that out Judy, that is another reason I posted this article is that there was some information in it that I bet many people are not familiar with.
 

Ben O (140)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 5:17 am
International Day of Peace is on September 21...
 

Barb K (1694)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 1:08 pm
Thank you for posting Dandelion.....very informative indeed. I remember being in 3rd grade when my sister's fiance went to fight in the Vietnam War....I had such a crush on him because he looked just like the artist who sings 'Brandy You're a Fine Girl' Actually, it was a rather romantic or degrading song-depending on how you look at it-that has a line 'what good wife you be...my love, my lady of the sea...' Anyway, I cried the day he came to visit me along with my sister, at school and he gave me a paper bag full of Pay Day candy bars. My sister told me to hug his neck because he was going off to war...I not only hugged him I wet his neck with my tears. I remember saying my prayers at bedtime asking God to watch over him and He did. I remember my sister making recordings with those reel-to-reel tape recorders. LOL He returned home all in one piece thank God, but many of our men didn't come back at all. Any time we can celebrate our men and women who fight for us who give their lives for us and for our country, deserves to have their own Holiday.
 

Ted W (127)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 1:10 pm
Noted, forwarded, shared ultra-liberally! The peace movement in my day shaped my life as I was young and very vocal then! Until humanity comes together to denounce war and the trappings of war there is very little hope for a bright future! I honor the soldiers but curse the politics that sent them into war! Thanks for posting this one Dandelion!
 

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 2:24 pm
I'm all for it and would support Freya's suggestion, suitable for the US.

That WAS indeed an interesting article and I need not point out what caught my attention therein: that Potsdam monument for the World Wars deserters. I've seen it. The Turkish artist who created it lived in Berlin.
This monument has quite a changing history, originally first presented on 1 Sept 89 in then German Capital Bonn.
1st Sept chosen for obvious historic reasons: 75th anniversary of WWI outbreak, 50th anniversary of WWII start plus 40th anniversary of Federal Republic of Germany.
It has since changed locations a number of times and got his final destination at the Potsdam Unity Squ only in 2001.
Thx Sheryl!
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 2:45 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.
 

Bryan S (105)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 7:04 pm
Yes, we definitely need this day. When will everyone understand that all the pro-war hype does nothing to protect anyone or any values? There's not a worse time than war to shun close examination or differing opinions. Thanks Sheryl.
 

Animae C (507)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 7:37 pm

Another public holiday is prob not good for the economy, just officially make it on the 12th of October!!!! : )
 

Edith B (146)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 9:08 pm
I think it would be a good idea, but fear the USA is a long way from having this happen. Too many warmongers in our government who profit from every war. I was against the Viet Nam war, but not against the soldiers who were sent to fight. They were treated abominably when they came home. I was against the war in Iraq also and wrote endless letters and signed endless petitions to prevent it, to no avail. Snowden should be happy this week, to see that his actions removed some of the spying from the NSA. He will never be considered anything but a traitor due to all the bad press he has received.
 

Vikram S (41)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 11:06 pm
Thanks for sharing. Noted.
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday June 4, 2015, 5:05 am
I second Freya's proposition,6th of August seems to be a fitting date.
 

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday June 4, 2015, 5:56 am
I thought of you Angelika when I saw that part of the article.

In the USA we don't have as many days off as other places. People are lucky if they get a weeks vacation so if we had another holiday, for a noble reason, that would be nice.

Oh and I so agree with the Oct 12th day...... :-)
 

Winn Adams (179)
Thursday June 4, 2015, 12:49 pm
What a great idea. I hope we can make it happen.
 

Catrin S (47)
Thursday June 4, 2015, 2:03 pm
Sounds good.
 

Animae C (507)
Thursday June 4, 2015, 6:06 pm
i didn't realize that Dandelion, in Australia we have too many public holidays, there's another one this weekend!

As i said, get rid of Columbus day (Oct. 12th)
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 4, 2015, 6:39 pm
Boy that is for sure!
 

Betty O (85)
Wednesday June 10, 2015, 6:21 am
thanks very interesting.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday July 17, 2015, 1:20 am
You know I'm for the fairy-tale day, Oct. 12. We removed the planet Pluto when Scientists proclaimed it was no longer a true planet. Well--remove Columbus Day, as he did not discover America. As far as we can tell, it sure appears to be the Native Americans. Then, stop teaching the Native American children, and pretending to the entire world, that Columbus discovered America. I always wrote on my school history papers, off to the side, that I was answering the question the way they wanted me to in order to get an A, but, that they and I knew what the truth was. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 17, 2015, 8:49 am
Good for you. I'm still having to send in yearly material to my Granddaughter's teachers. I will continue to do so as long as I'm alive and she is in school. Got a Grandson growing up, I'll do the same with him. Maybe just maybe I'll see the day when it's not necessary.
 

Leanne B (46)
Tuesday August 11, 2015, 8:47 pm
Like the idea. thanks
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday January 4, 2016, 6:59 am
Shared to hopefully prick a few people's conscience. . .
 
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