Another great Memorial Day celebration comes to a close. It’s a very important day in our lives as we pause to reflect and give honor to our fallen who so gallantly gave their lives so that we would all remain free.
It is an emotional time for all of us, as we are filled with sadness, pride and hope.
I must admit that I experienced a new emotion this Memorial Day. Anger swept over me as I watched a documentary of World War II and was appalled as to who were chosen to narrate the heroism of that great event.
Here is the cast: 1) Oliver North; 2) Dick Cheney; 3) Donald Rumsfeld; and 4) Colin Powell.
No. 1, a key player in the Iran-Contra affair during the Reagan administration; the others, members of the George W. [Bush]gang, who lied us into a war that put our brave pride of our nation in harm’s way.
The second group should be tried and convicted of war crimes. They lost their right to associate with our honored dead. They should not even be allowed to speak those inadequate words, “Thank you for serving.”
I am reminded of those great words spoken by Abraham Lincoln, You can fool some of the people some of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Guess what, Abe? What has happened to this nation in the past 30 years has blown that thought completely out of the water.
Perhaps we should replace that famous ray of hope with the line from the movie “A Few Good Men,” when Col. Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson, said, and I quote, “You can’t handle the truth.”