In Memorium

Arlington flags

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Americans began commemorating the deaths of soldiers after the Civil War in different states. On May 30, 1868, the first national commemoration was observed when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Since that date, over 360,000 soldiers are now buried in Arlington Cemetery, and each year soldier volunteers place a flag in front of each grave.

My vision is that we build a future in which we will be able to celebrate the victory of the peacemakers.  Let us create a world in which we no longer arm our young men, and now women, to die in battlefields that are more and more becoming about maintaining the wealth of a few, rather than truly protecting the welfare and freedom of the many. Let us also use this time to commemorate the deaths of the millions of innocents, women, children, the elderly, who never carried a gun and are the true casualties of war.

PEACE

Can justice and order by force of arms ever bring peace?

Defeated tyrants tortured remorse is not real peace.

Ideals and truth, like the value of one precious life,

are lost in the economic discourse that limits peace.

Science and research can answer a thousand questions

except a method to implement universal peace.

Everyone should conquer their own greed and ignorance.

Clear compassion must divorce selfishness to find peace.

Striving to be a beacon of light amidst the dark

She who writes seeks diplomatic words to promote peace.

9 Comments on “In Memorium

  1. Eloquently and powerfully stated. If our nation would pursue peace with the money and resources that it puts toward making war, what unknowable things could be accomplished. Thank you reminding us that the innocents are the true casualties of unending global war.

    I hope you have a peaceful Memorial Day!

  2. Well conceived, Sky.. To promote peace… Beautiful words, and thoughts. May the variants of peace born to indifference, fade so true peace can prevail in love without prejudice.

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