A Memorial Day Press Release from some American Veterans

We Remember War Victims of all Nations!! Mourn War on Memorial Day!

Some American veterans of wars call for a return to the healthy purpose for Memorial Day, which in Columbus, Mississippi, April 25, 1866, was to bind its town and the nation together in mourning the million-and-half soldiers who died killing each other during our tragic Civil War. A day for mourning the dead of both sides, civilian as well as military, in national fellowship intended to put an end to hatred for the other side, end lust for war to settle differences and see a United States of America restored.

Americans, who want war stopped and no new ones planned, can join veterans observing Memorial Day as it was observed in a small southern town a century and a half ago. A day of mourning one’s own made stronger for remembering the suffering of families of soldiers and citizens of the other side. A Memorial Day that recognized the unity of all Humanity, a century and a half ago.

Back then it was to cure a painful division in America. Today’s Memorial Day should be about curing a painful division in the World, by remembering the other side’s suffering. Presently, there is yet another world wide civil war within Mankind. Human beings killing fellow human beings in desperation.

Forbearance and forgiveness on Memorial Day will lead to a search to understand what is causing the violence and anger, this in turn, to condemning and outlawing war propaganda as a crime.

Many veterans cannot forget being trained to kill and our having fallen in love with the people we were killing. We, who have known the agony of killing, ask for reconciliation politics instead of attempted final solutions through never ending horrific homicidal violence, as Obama calls for today.

We, who were taught to kill, call for Memorial Day 2010 to be observed mourning the dead on both sides in all America’s wars. now it is the World that needs binding together in mourning.

We U.S. veterans, who fought for our country, more often than not mistakenly, for disinformation, war propaganda and corporate profit, will observe a space age Memorial Day 2010.

We will no longer participate in selective mourning only America’s war dead. We will mourn all victims of war, the millions of civilians, the hundreds of thousands of our designated enemies fallen in their motherlands, and then, having put others first, as in common humility, will we mourn the tens of thousands of our very own fellow citizens who sacrificed their lives for, or thinking it was for, the good of our nation.

Thus, we call for an end to hatred for the soldiers of the other side who were taught to kill us just as we U.S. veterans were taught to kill them even when they were defending against our invasion! We call for an end to all divisive self-righteousness! We call for a replacing of useless puffed up pride with happiness creating love and mutual appreciation!

We call to get real on Memorial Day! Denounce lies demonizing others and misrepresenting America as angelic. Get to the bottom of who killed and why? Who always promotes war and why? Don’t trust our war justifying corporate bought politicians! Don’t trust their appointed generals! Don’t trust corporate conglomerate owned commercial media! Do all this, and stop these wars for profit.

And enjoy a positive Memorial Day holiday weekend that is honest about the past, and forward looking to a world without war in the name of all war’s millions of victims!

Jay Janson, spent eight years as Assistant Conductor of the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra in Hanoi and also toured, including with Dan Tai-son, who practiced in a Hanoi bomb shelter. The orchestra was founded by Ho Chi Minh,and it plays most of its concerts in the Opera House, a diminutive copy of the Paris Opera. In 1945, our ally Ho, from a balcony overlooking the large square and flanked by an American Major and a British Colonel, declared Vietnam independent. Everyone in the orchestra lost family, "killed by the Americans" they would mention simply, with Buddhist un-accusing acceptance. Jay can be reached at: tdmedia2000@yahoo.com. Read other articles by Jay.

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  1. wwv502 said on May 31st, 2010 at 9:24am #

    killing’em softly with music?

    i won $10 on this page betting my friend that the description at the bottom wouldn’t include a single real combat veteran.

  2. bozh said on May 31st, 2010 at 10:02am #

    Sorry, folks, for aping self: widest and deepest-longest look reveals that putting patches on old pants [even if u cld do that] only worsens sit’n!

    Only stepping out of the system, changes the system or rule that waged a mn wars; allowed slavery, etcetc.
    The octo-millennial system cannot change if one only writes, protests, marches against it.
    Yet it is so easy to step out of the system or box, as some say. Recall, that complaining, writing, marching, protesting, blaming, one paty rule, etcetc., is of the system.
    But the moment there is an antipodal party to one in power for 200 yrs, the system is broken forever or as long as the ruling party allows it to function freely.
    Such a party cld have as few as 100k members dedicated to change; no more marching, writing letters to media, blaming, complaining, etc. tnx

  3. mary said on June 9th, 2010 at 12:31am #

    I believe that Memorial Day in the US coincided with the day that the war in Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom !!, became the US’s longest war. ‘Enduring’ is the operative word.

    Bush 2001 “This crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take a while.”
    Rumsfeld 2001 *The campaign will be long, difficult and dangerous and the likelihood is that more people may be lost. This is not a quick fix… It’ll take years, I suspect.”

    You were dead right Bush and Rummie. (Where are you now by the way, you evil creatures, you and your mate Dick and the others?)

    This article counts the cost in the increase in numbers of US killed and wounded, and suicides (absolutely shocking) over the last two years but not those of the coalition forces, nor of course the massive numbers of victims in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    US Soldier Deaths in Afghanistan Rise 273 Percent, Wounded Rise 430 Percent, Spring 2008-Spring 2010
    By Tom Hayden
    Special Report, PJRC Bulletin
    June 8, 2010

    Despite rhetoric about military patriots and wounded warriors, the White House, Pentagon and mainstream media have minimized attention to startling increases in deaths and casualties suffered by American troops in Afghanistan since 2008. President Obama’s current escalation is expected to sharply increase the already-dramatic numbers. /…..


    When it is going to end? Perhaps only the budgetary restraints in the US and the UK will do it.

    BUDGETARY COSTS (same article)
    According to Stiglitz-Bilmes The Three Trillion Dollar War [2008], the hidden costs of American casualties in terms of total medical, disability, and Social Security Disability costs for veterans of Afghanistan alone will be $422 billion [best case] and $717 billion [realistic-moderate case].