Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, the day we in the States set aside specifically to honor and remember men and women who have died in military service.  I wanted to do a post for Memorial Day and I started thinking about the current war in Iraq.  After zipping around in Wikipedia for a while, I found my way to an entry entitled “Multi-National Force – Iraq“.  In a subsection, Deaths, it listed the numbers of deaths of those serving in the Multi-National Force through January 2010 as 4,692 (this absolutely does not include Iraqi deaths).  In another Wikipedia entry “Casualties of the Iraq War” the breakdown is such:

There are quite a few exceptions and justifications provided for the numbers above, including alternate estimates from multiple reporting sources.

Regardless of your thoughts on war and the politics of war, these are a lot of people who have died in service to their countries.  Regardless of their reasons for serving, of their duties or positions in the war, of the reasons for this war, of the impacts of this war, or of any philosophical objection to or support of wars in general, or to this war in particular, these are a lot of people who have lost their lives.  Their deaths have affected our families, friends, communities and countries in uncountable ways.  On Memorial Day, I reflect on these losses.

This painting always brings a lump to my throat, and whenever I start to wax philosophical about war, this always reminds me that the consequences of war are very down-to-earth.

Advertisements

Tags: ,

2 Responses to “Memorial Day”

  1. Paula Says:

    Brings tears to my eyes too, Babygirl.

  2. agatha82 Says:

    Wonderful painting, I’d never seen it before, and yes, no matter what you think about war, it’s the casualties that are heart wrenching. Let’s hope one day, perhaps not in our lifetime, we will all live in peace. Thank you for your blog, I lived in America for 18 years but I never really thought about what Memorial Day stood for and this really makes you think.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: