Happy Veteran’s Day? What’s Happy About It?
It’s Veteran’s Day here in America and I was looking for a decent picture and I kept coming across the words …”Happy Veterans Day.” Sorry, my amygdala just doesn’t respond like it’s suppose to…(really, some people’s amygdalas are too “sensitive” and I’m one of them) I can’t blame it on PMS, but I tear up at the mere absurdity of it.
What exactly is happy about it? It reminds us of the millions of men all over the world that have had to die because some evil bastard somewhere in some country decided to mess things up.
Mothers who lost sons, wives who lost husbands, fathers who lost sons, children who lost fathers or mothers…they are at graves right now and wondering– did their sacrifice matter?
It’s one of the reasons you don’t find too many women getting into military history, unless your got the amygdala of Golda Meir, or Elizabeth the First— best to ignore it.
But I can’t today. I HATE it when I see the names of the soldiers every day lost in Afghanistan or Iraq. (yes we’re still there)
Nobody is remembering Mel Gibson’s movie, “We Were Soldiers” where we found out the real truth: about how many young and brave American soldiers lost their lives to…clear a hill. I remember the tears on the faces of the real men whose lives the movie was about on TV. All those years later…heartbroken.
Nobody is proudly remembering today that John Adams, despite his country’s war fever, refused to go to war with France. And for that he lost his second term.
Nobody Remembers George W. Bush saying, “What do you want WWIII?”
That statement has always bothered me.
And I think of my dad on this day. What other nightmares besides learning to sleep with his eyes open in the Pacific due to giant rats and Japs did he carry all his life that he did not even talk about?
My own husband, waking up, as my father did before him, screaming at some enemy in his dream. Sweating, lashing out with arms and anger.
So Happy Veterans Day doesn’t cut it.
More like: Thank you…all of you men everywhere and all who you love and cherish, for being the decent examples of humanity that is willing to give your life to protect liberty, freedom, and the love of your country. For the memories you suffered, and the pain of your wounds. You are the reason the human race des not give up hope, and also the reason this Nobody is not going to say to anyone today: Happy Veteran’s Day!
Especially to a Vet. Good God…it’s not exactly a Hallmark Moment is it?