|Armistice Day Headlines (Public Domain)|
Eisenhower, whom few would dispute was a praiseworthy veteran, had this to say: I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its
futility, its stupidity. He also had this to say about war's tragic waste: 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.
A country that tends to think of itself as "Christian" might wish to thoughtfully contrast Eisenhower's latter observation with this quote from Matthew 25 (NIV): 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; Take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the beginning of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to
eat… I needed clothes and you clothed me…'
These Eisenhower statements seem very much in line with the mission of Veterans for Peace (VFP). The VFP website states the following: We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others to increase public awareness of the costs of war…
Why, then, shouldn't these Veterans for Peace be proudly welcomed into any Veterans Day commemoration? And yet, some members of the City of Auburn, Washington had tried to ban the VFP contingent from marching in their 2012 Veterans Day Parade. Perhaps a reminder that Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day (and still is in some countries) is long overdue...
Copyright November 12, 2012 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved