Giving thanks for service

Photo by Andy Porter.

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Walla Walla City Council member Barbara Clark talks with World War II veteran Frank Bailey on Friday during lunch at Eagle Meadows Assisted Living Community in College Place. Listening in the background is Cooper Brown, another World War II veteran. The luncheon at the facility was one of several events taking place locally to commemorate Veterans Day.

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oneStarman 1 year, 5 months ago

I believe there will come a Day when the Greatest thing a Person can do will NOT be to Kill and to die for a Blood-Thirsty Country. Twice as Many AMERICANS were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq than on 9/11 and HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of Iraqis and Afghans were killed in Wars of Mass Distraction . Without soldiers HITLER would NOT have been able to round up and INCINERATE over one million Jewish children, two million Jewish women and three million Jewish men. War is HELL and Hell is Populated with DEMONS. About 500 mostly women and children and the elderly were murdered at My Lai - Vietnam in 1968 by US Soldiers. Many of the women were gang-raped and their bodies were found to have been Mutilated. SOMEDAY I hope we now longer WORSHIP War.

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ImJustSayin 1 year, 5 months ago

What an ass to post that crap on Veteran's Day!

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warrior 1 year, 5 months ago

To say America is a "blood-thirsty" country and that Americans "worship war" are strong accusations and probably written by somebody who has never faced the enemies of the United States. Can you fathom what would have become of America had the Colonial Army not fought off the British to form an independent state? Have you forgotten what kept the country together during the period of Southern Secession? Can you picture what would have been had America not sent Soldiers to participate in both World Wars? Have you ever read George Orwell's "Animal Farm" - have you thought about the consequences of socialism? Do you remember the paranoia surrounding the attacks of the World Trade Centers? Do you know how many plots there have been to target even more American lives since September 11th? My guess is the answer is "no" based on what is written above. American service members make sacrifices every day so that people who want to protest the wars and conflicts going on around the world have the ability to do so. Whether you agree with the decisions our civilian leaders make with respect to war efforts and conflict resolution is your prerogative, just don't forget about all of the privileges you have because American Soldiers sacrificed and continue to sacrifice their lives. Do not confuse the Soldier with some kind of mass murderer or blood-thirsty mercenary. The American Soldier serves at the will of our civilian leadership in order to ensure your freedoms and your rights are not inhibited. John Stuart Mill articulated it best in The Contest in America, vol. 1, p.26 (1868): "...War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice--is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature, who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need be, to do battle for the one against the other...."

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namvet60 1 year, 5 months ago

Great post warrior - I totally agree with every aspect but when I read some of these posts I just think that they expect everything to be given to them on a silver platter with no repercussions from any foreign country. Wait until 2015 and we will definitely have an idea of where this country is heading unless if there is a civil uprising?

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