Damn it pass the ammo can. That refrain could be heard in the trenches when the guns go silent.
Day after tomorrow is Veterans Day. A day to remember those who have served in defense of our country and those in other countries who were in the trenches getting shot at also.
I pause and reflect, in the past 60 plus years we have not won a war. What is wrong with us. Our country goes to war but is not willing to put the resources and tactics in it to win.
So many youngsters are killed, folded, stapled and mutilated for what? The battles we have engaged in this past 60 years there have been no clear cut victories. In Korea there is a truce. Vietnam we tucked our tail and went home. And there have been smaller ones, Panama, Africa, etc and currently the Middle East. The Persian Gulf War was but a prelude to the current conflict, it does prove we can accomplish when there is an objective.
WWII officially started 1941 and ended 1947, six years of combat. That is how long we have been the Middle East and there is no end in sight.
From where I set I see the youngsters going over there as but cannon fodder for some greedy money mongers. As the war goes there are profits to be made. To sacrifice the lives of young men for the profits of the greedy is too much.
I have talked with various combat veterans and most say the Middle East should have been over in 12 months. Two things come to mind; lack of commitment and rules of engagement. Both are very distorted. Children walk around with guns and are suicide bombers, mothers carry weapons and encourage the combatants. Yet they cannot be confronted. How many young men are lost because of this. Getting materials and resources to the field troops is lacking. There is a debate right now to send more troops or not. A lack of commitment.
Maybe we should do like Vietnam and tuck out tails in and pack out of the country.
We did not learn from the French in Vietnam and we did not learn from the Russians in Afghanistan. If we are going to do battle let’s do it from the standpoint of wanting to win or else forget it.
Tuesday there will ceremonies at numerous cemeteries in the area. The local VFW has a color guard that goes around for 21 gun salutes to honor their comrades in battle. To the left of the picture can be seen a couple of Veteran hedstones. simple white marble markers , like the ones used in the national cemeteries.
To the veterans I salute you. You have endured the politics and the foxhole. Having jumped out of aircraft, pickup wounded and cried over the lost. Way down deep is a fear, buried is conflict of watching death firsthand, remembering the blood flowing freely, mangled limbs, a cup of coffee with a friend in the morning and saluting that evening as he is carried across the field in a body bag.
Thank you for your sacrifices so I can enjoy the sun today and a walk across a grassy field with you saluting your fallen comrades. Tuesday the flag will fly and I will salute the memories of the veterans, Thank You