Americans were never meant to agree on matters of a personal nature. This is why we have so many different churches here.

People have different ways of observing special days on the calendar.


Maybe some of the guys who never made it back would have enjoyed marking the occasion with BBQs, loud music and women in bikinis.

No government recommended protocols or guilt trips required. Isn’t this what freedom is all about?


Maybe some of the people who never came back would have wanted Americans to spend some time reaching for an honest understanding of US foreign policy, rather than repeating the phrase “Thanks for your service.”

Maybe they would wish to live in an honest society.

Maybe they would question individuals who claim that Americans wouldn’t have the freedom to post comments on newspaper websites if people had not given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect that freedom.

Hey school teachers– where did this idea come from? Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?


If The Troops are fighting for your freedom to share ideas on the web, or to have a Barbeque- why would you be scolded for doing so?


Think for yourself.

Mark the occasion as you see fit.

USMC ’79-’99


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