Memorial Day

Killed while fighting

Wars started by another

Will it ever end?


Today is Memorial Day in the US, a day to remember and honor those who died fighting for the country. I acknowledge and grieve the lives given in service by the men and women who fought in these battles, never of their own making.

At the same time, the pointlessness and horror of war remains. This longstanding approach of violence, tribalism and power over others has yet to resolve the issues. A definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different outcome.  Pete Seeger’s song, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, composed in 1955, remains sadly pertinent today. You can listen to it here.

I close with the song’s refrain: When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn?

Peace to all.


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