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Mixed feelings about Veteran's Day

If it weren't for the Internet, I would never know when some of these holidays come up. When I was a kid, I tolerated most of the national holidays because they got us out of school. Yule was the only one we got out for that I really cared for. Well, that and Thanksgiving. I never understood why we didn't get out for Halloween. I frakkin LOVE Halloween.

But I loathed Veteran's Day. I never got to get out of school for it, as far as I can remember. No, what they did instead was drag us to these stupid veteran's memorial services. It was like a field trip, except that field trips are fun and interesting, and this was neither. I remember being bored out of my fucking mind, because I didn't give even half a shit about any of it, and would rather be at school where we could be doing something constructive. See, I was a weird kid; I hated homework but loved learning. And anything remotely boring to me deserved my contempt.

I basically realized it was Veteran's Day because of this: Snopes.com doing a Veteran's Day themed thing, one that was actually true. And doubtless my younger self, in the situation of one of those kids, would have exclaimed, "That was IT? You wasted our whole day, disrupted class, prevented us from doing something constructive for some lame metaphor?" Even now, my reaction to the story was, "That is the stupidest thing I have read in a long damn time." The metaphor is lamer than a no-legged horse, forced, and a propaganda stunt to boot.

But don't get me wrong. I understand and appreciate that veterans are responsible for keeping us from being conquered by Germany, Japan, or Russia. But instead of some stupid holiday full of platitudes, boring memorials, and lame shit, why don't we celebrate and thank veterans by increasing their health (and other) benefits, pulling out of Iraq, and no longer going on stupid, pointless wars? Why don't we celebrate and thank veterans by spreading peace and brotherhood among all humans so we can one day dismantle ALL military forces and end war forever? I think that would be a lot more appreciated than some trumpets and gunshots in a cemetery.

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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baron_waste
Nov. 11th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)

Why don't we celebrate and thank veterans by spreading peace and brotherhood among all humans so we can one day dismantle ALL military forces and end war forever?

How?

underlankers
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
A noble sentiment. So how are we to accomplish it? Given that the only thing that restrained the USA and USSR from trying for WWIII was MAD?
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