DSCN8231 When did Armistice Day turn into Discounts And Freebies Day?

Where are the veterans who don’t want free meals, discounts, head of the line privileges at the airport, etc.

Hey major restaurant chains & traditional veteran’s organizations– I know a veteran who would have more respect for a marketing strategy that made Armistice Day donations to food banks. Maybe you guys could work together on this & start to phase out this image of veterans clamoring for head of the line privileges & free chow.

Don’t be shy- go & get yourself a couple of free meals- it’s a proud thing:

Growing up in the 60s & 70s- veterans were all around- church, school, Boy Scout leaders, family, the neighborhood, etc. It was all just an average thing. These folks weren’t seen as a separate part of American society.

People weren’t stepping over to say “Thanks for your service” to my Dad- who did time in the Navy in the 50s- but looked just like anyone else out in public.

These guys weren’t lining up for free dinner promotions marketed by major restaurant chains.

 

Hey school teachers– do you still teach lessons about the more meaningful Armistice Day?

Here are a few questions to discuss with your students: How Many Wars?

This may all be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards shutting down failed wars that never end.

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