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Veterans Day: when antiwar activists can tell parading soldiers to Get a Job!

What are active duty soldiers doing in veterans day parades? It's premature isn't it, and self congratulatory? They're being deployed to a public relations stint designed to admonish the public to remember their sacrifice, except present day recruits weren't drafted. They're economy dodgers. Yeah hardly voluntary and I don't envy the straw they drew, but it's hard to sympathize for signing up to kill and bully lesser armed people. Anyway, Veterans Day parades are a perfect example of soliders demonstrating their non-contribution to productive society, a chance for antiwar protesters to share an inside joke: GET A JOB!

WWII air veterans of Doolittle Raiders celebrate 71 years of bombing civilians

I read 30 Seconds Over Tokyo when I was still a war-playing kid, before I would understand the mischievous consequences of the Doolittle Raiders B-25 bombers deploying without their bombsights. This was to prevent US war-making advantages falling into enemy hands but it also precluded dropping bombs with accuracy. I'm pretty certain the account for young readers also didn't explain why over a quarter of the squadron's bombs were of the incidiary cluster variety. Readers today know what those are for. Doolittle claimed to be targeting military sites in Japan's capitol, but "invariably" hit civilian areas including four schools and a hospital. Of the American fliers captured, three were tried and executed by the despicable "Japs", who considered the straffing of civilians to be war crimes. After the war, the US judged the Japanese officers responsible, as if their verdict was a greater injustice against our aviators' "honest errors". Today we rationalize our systemic overshoot policy as "collateral damage". 39484

Unlike in Colorado Springs, Americans in Auburn, Washington were not subjected to a completely pro- more war parade on Veterans Day

What a contrast in Auburn to what Right Wingers subject us all to here in Colorado Springs each and every Veterans Day as they use our collective public tax monies to parade their pro war sentiments through public streets. See events in Auburn, Washington... Anti-war veterans took part in the Veterans Day Parade in Auburn on Saturday, a day after a federal judge ordered the city to allow them to participate.--- Thank You, Antiwar Vets, for the service you do for our country. 37730

While the rest of the world celebrates Armistice Day…

We have Veterans Day, or, as I like to put it, "your recruiter lied to you and society used your entire childhood to condition you to accept that, so to make up for getting screwed like that we'll have a postal holiday and a parade for you". Just, you know, don't actually expect those benefits they promised you BEFORE you signed the enlistment or induction papers, and try to keep in mind as every politician with access to a microphone is praising your decision to "serve the country", that the renaming of the day as Veterans Day was a deliberate ploy to try to ease the sting of the use of United States soldiers, led by Doug McArthur, Dwight Eisenhower and Patton, to fire on an encampment, daily parade and daily petition to President Hoover to actually honor the promised benefits to Spanish War and World War 1 veterans. Instead Hoover gave their pensions to Investment Bankers, like his party and their TeaBag affiliates are promising to do AGAIN, only now they've got Social Security to give to the Investment Bankers along with them. They've also got enough RepubliFascists who ran under the false flag of Democracy selling your benefits to the Banksters

Veterans Day eleventh hour jeopardy

Well here's a clever twist of a knife into a phrase. Had you heard the "eleventh hour" emphasis on Veterans Day before? What used to be two minutes of silence to commemorate the signing of the Armistice at 11am on 11.11.1918, in Fox News' hands leaves their viewers to infer it also means awaiting an "eleventh hour" last ditch rescue. Pared with pictures of active duty soldiers standing at attention, and Afghanistan on our minds, the message is unmistakable: send in the cavalry. 11322

Colo. Springs celebrates underage vets

COLORADO SPRINGS- The average age of a uniformed participant in this year's Veteran's Day Parade was underage! The high school Junior ROTCs, the Young Marines, the Devil Pups, and the scouts, pulled the age downward against the ever diminishing number of retired combat vets. I think the Hussar-clad HS marching bands brought the mean down too. 5486

A Veterans Day wheelchair parade

This year's Colorado Springs Veteran's Day Parade falls on Veteran's Day. The theme is "a nation at war, a community of support." Doesn't sound much to do with honoring veterans. Are we holding an active-duty support-the-war parade on honor-the-Veteran's Day?   There will be 92 entries and five helium balloons. There are no entry fees because the city business community is so supportive of our soldiers over there, fighting to make the war safe for the contractors. Lots of military profiteers in Colorado Springs. 370

Veteran’s Day parade, part 1

I should say that I had never watched a veteran's parade, I think. Wasn't it supposed to be a parade of veterans? This was a parade of mostly active duty soldiers and soldiers-to-be. It was very disturbing. 83

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