Veterans Day 2012

To tell the truth…
I like name its former name – Armistice Day – better.
The national holiday set aside to remember that day when soldiers laid down their weapons and the fighting ceased. This is in no way meant to discredit or dishonor those who are veterans or those who currently serve in our armed forces.  They know far better than I the cost and the pain and the heartbreak and the tragedy and the destruction of war.  And, they know something about peace, in real life terms, that most of the rest of us will never know.  So, as we remember Veterans Day this year and honor, in whatever way we chose those who have served, let us also dare to turn in the direction of peace so that one less soldier and one less child and one less mother and one less father becomes a causality or labeled as collateral damage.

To that end…
This quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower who knew much about the cost of war:
“Every gun that is made,
Every warship launched,
Every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense,
A theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
Those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of it laborers,
The genius of its scientists,
The hopes of its children.”