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Original post made by Craig Laughton on May 23, 2014

Memorial Day

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Posted by It changed the world, a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

Why do we celebrate Memorial Day, but not Veteran's Day? I have not had Veteran's Day off since high school! It was originally known as Armistice Day, and had it not been for WWI there would never have been a WWII, etc. WWI was the first of the truly monstrous reciprocal murders!


Posted by Craig Laughton, a resident of College Terrace
on May 24, 2014 at 11:25 am

>WWI was the first of the truly monstrous reciprocal murders!

I can think of others, like the American Civil War. However, the point of Memorial Day is to honor those Americans who fought and sacrificed.


Posted by It changed the world, a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 24, 2014 at 9:43 pm

The American Civil War was simple fratricide!


Posted by Proud American, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 24, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I hang the American flag outside our house on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day in tribute to our military. Americans take it for granted that people are dying for us. It's a shame that the American flag is sometimes equated with Republicans because I am a Democrat. In addition, I am third generation Chinese, grateful for the opportunities in America.

The government should treat veterans better and give them more opportunities after their service. If anyone can enlighten me with knowledge on this, please do, because forty veterans dying while waiting for medical care and the stories I hear about the lack of appreciation for our veterans has helped formed my opinion. Maybe I am wrong? I know Obama claimed he was going help military families more.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 24, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

As a resident in a town chiefly founded by African-Americans, I found this link useful, by a Yale instructor, David Blight: Web Link

This is a helpful qure regarding the founding of Memorial Day: "Pride of place as the first large scale ritual of Decoration Day, therefore, goes to African Americans in Charleston. By their labor, their words, their songs, and their solemn parade of flowers and marching feet on their former owners' race course, they created for themselves, and for us, the Independence Day of the Second American Revolution."


Posted by Craig Laughton, a resident of College Terrace
on May 25, 2014 at 8:30 am

Boalsburg, PA likes to claim the title as the birthplace of Memorial Day ( Web Link). I have traveled in central PA several times, and have actually visited this cemetery.

I like the Charleston story more, though...that was a huge and meaningful event.


Posted by housing for vets, a resident of Community Center
on May 25, 2014 at 10:49 am

Craig-do you support veterans getting BMR housing in Palo alto, if needed? Are you against the VA. Because you consuder it welfare? A simple yes or no answer will do- no need for explanations.


Posted by Believe it or not, a resident of Midtown
on May 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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Posted by housing for vets, a resident of Community Center
on May 25, 2014 at 3:43 pm

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Posted by Craig Laugthon, a resident of College Terrace
on May 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm

I just want to honor our vets on Memorial Day.


Posted by housing for vets, a resident of Community Center
on May 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Memorial day is not until tomorrow. But your lack of response gives us your answer,.Craig.


Posted by Craig Laughton, a resident of College Terrace
on May 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm

From George Washington's Fifth Annual Address to Congress (1793):

"There is a rank due to the United States among nations which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war"

Our Veterans should be remembered for their sacrifice, which upholds Washington's wisdom.


Posted by History, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm

This year, 2014, is the 100 year anniversary of WW1.

Most American people tend to forget about the carnage that took place. Perhaps Memorial Day is a good time to relearn some history.

Web Link

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If you find some more articles we can look at, please can you link them here too. Thanks.


Posted by Rupert of henzau, a resident of Midtown
on May 26, 2014 at 12:36 pm

But, Craig, you would be against all veterans getting any kind BMR ( or as you call it, welfare) housing in Palo Alto. They may have sacrificed for the country, but if they cannot afford " market rate" housing, you don't want them in town.


Posted by Craig Laughton, a resident of College Terrace
on May 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm

>But, Craig, you would be against all veterans getting any kind BMR ( or as you call it, welfare) housing in Palo Alto.

Washington did not invite all those soldiers, who sacrificed at Valley Forge with him, to live with him at Mount Vernon. Your argument, Rupert, is silly...especially on Memorial Day.

How about we just honor the Veterans on this Day of days?


Posted by Rupert of henzau, a resident of Midtown
on May 26, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Well, how do,you know, Craig, what Washington did or did not do? And we are talking about your constant comments saying that you are against BMR housing, you would be against having veterans get BMR housing in Palo Alto. If you are sincere about honoring veterans, you would want to help them with housing-- I.e. Something besides empty platitudes. My arguments is not silly-- it just shows you in a bad light. How about doing something concrete to honor our veterans?


Posted by Craig Laughton, a resident of College Terrace
on May 26, 2014 at 2:06 pm

>If you find some more articles we can look at, please can you link them here too. Thanks.

"History", I think you have a good idea...imagine some social blogs that actually provide some serious facts and notions about American history? Imagine some serious Palo Alto high school students who can elaborate on the stories and histories of Memorial Day in their classrooms? I can't think of many better ways to democratize our society.

Thank you for your links about WWI...and the "Doughboys". Wilson went from pacifism to war, but it was the American soldier who turned the tide. They need to be honored. This should be their Day.


Posted by True, a resident of Professorville
on May 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Amazing that WWI was over and done with such a short time after America became committed to it. This year, the cemeteries and battlegrounds of France and Belgium are quite crowded with pilgrims to these sights, many of them American.

Remember that America lost over 100, 000 soldiers in the short involvement in WWI, and nearly half a million in WWII, which was also shortened by our involvement. I, for one, wish the French would remember that, and remember that they still speak French because of it!


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