photo: Richard & Salena Marie Mann.
I like soldiers. I like ours, I like theirs.
Throughout history, soldiers have for the most part, been obedient kids, doing a job their elders told them to do without thought, or concern for the reasons why. They have done their work honorably, to the best of their ability for nothing in return.
I firmly believe that if the pool of conscripts began with 40 to 50 year olds, the world would be a much safer place.
Today, throughout much of the south is Confederate Memorial Day. Without turning the day into a apologist nightmare of code words, and hate speech, I find the tribute fitting.
Americans died during the Civil War, in places far from home, in venues hardly imagined. The memorial above is in Higginsville, Missouri, near Kansas City. The men memorialized there fought and died, some for a cause they believed in, some because fighting was expected of them.
History is not just about the winners. Today, we honor their sacrifice.