M.J. Murphy, I understand your analysis, but I am from S.C. where Memorial Day originated. Freed African-Americans held a parade of 10,000 people to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers, whose remains they had reburied from a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp in Charleston, SC and the day was created to commemorate it. Like many things pertaining to the history and contributions of African Americans, it’s wiped clean from the books, or culturally appropriated. This day is no different.

The history of the U.S. military’s treatment of Black soldiers is quite traumatic for many of Black people. Especially Blacks who had family members drafted, even though they couldn’t vote or use the same bathrooms as White people. The day means a lot of things for a lot of different people. To me, it a day to set aside my political views and understand someone volunteered to serve in a branch of the Armed Services, or maybe they had no choice in service and they were drafted. Whatever the reason, they died. We remember.

While I realize that we have not suffered any attacks on U.S. soil, our troops support many of our allies and are involved in many missions around the world. Volunteers enlisting in our military don’t have a say about whether we should be engaged in missions, they must go where sent. These volunteers also understand the risk. They don’t know when or if they’ll die. When they do die, I believe we as a nation shouldn’t forget them. They are braver than any lying politician or President pretend fighting a war.

The politics and spending of war and our military is totally separate from soldiers putting their lives on the line for truths and/or lies put forth by our government. I simply choose not to mix the two. Soldiers die every year, and they deserve to be honored minus our politics.

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