Veterans Day

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by Camillo Mac Bica

Many march to remember, others to forget.

But for those who truly know war,

no parade is necessary to remind us,

as the memories and the faces of the dead and the dying

are with us each day of our lives.

Nor does marching in a parade

enable us to put to rest the turmoil

of a life interrupted and devastated by war





. . .  or to forget the dying and the killing.

Parades accomplish nothing

save to allow those who make war easily

or ignore completely its insanity and horror

to feign support and appreciation

and to relieve their collective guilt

for their complicity and support

for immoral war and crimes against humanity.

Marching in a parade

neither educates nor informs.

Rather it celebrates and perpetuates

the myth of honor and glory,

and “The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.”

. . . I will march no more.

 

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