Please note that this post is not anti-US or anti-military. Rather it is pro-life and pro-peace. I don't mean to minimize the sacrifice of US soldiers, nor to defame them for the work they have done as servicepeople; but I do take serious issue with this "holiday" (holy day?) for two primary reasons:
1) "History exalts only the pornography of force, that of murderers and psychopaths (the rest of us, of course, stricken from the narrative wholesale, a backdrop to the tale)." -Propagandhi
2) There are millions upon millions of "others" who have also died as a result of US military aggression and violence. Among them have been (and in some cases still are):
Every individual who was ever on the other side of any United Statesian's rifle barrel.
Those whose villages have been scorched by bombs dropped from US airplanes.
Those who have died at the hands of graduates of the School of the Americas.
Others around the world who have been denied democracy by US military intervention.
The Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisoners who were tortured by US servicepeople.
The citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasake who were incinerated by nuclear radiation.
The US soldiers who currently fight in unpopular and unconstitutional wars.
The people who died on 9/11 as a result of US military blowback.
All other victims of US-CIA-trained Osama Bin Laden.
The Native Americans from whom colonial Europeans first stole this land.
The Africans who were brought in shackles to work the land and who were kept in shackles (of some form or another) for 400 years.
The Mexicans from whom we annexed Texas and much of southwest US.
The black folks and college students that were hosed down during 60's protests.
The many men and women who were black-listed and imprisoned during WW1 and Vietnam, simply for their peaceful and principled opposition to US involvement in the war.
The people who have objected to service and have been imprisoned for doing so.
People accused of sedition for following their conscience.
Every innocent child who was ripped to shreds by US landmines in foreign countries.
People affected by US racism, sexism, hetero-sexism, and general xenophobia.
The Christ-followers who conscientiously objected to military service.
Any US-ian drafted against his or her will to fight a war they did not agree with.
The thousands of US servicepeople who can't get decent medical or psychiatric treatment.
The thousands of the same who live on the streets and can't get a job due to their social, mental, and physical handicaps.
The indigenous people of Central and South America, who continue to suffer for the interests of US corporations and consumers.
Others in developing countries who slave to provide us food and clothes though they can hardly afford to feed or clothe themselves or their families.
The immigrants who desperately leave their home countries seeking refuge in the US only to have their families ripped apart, their mothers and fathers, husbands and wives deported.
And all others who have suffered for our Pax Americana, built on violent and xenophobic US policies, both domestic and foreign.
As you can see, I remember a lot of people.
I pray that you would too.