Yes in deed, "Lest We Forget". I just covered the reopening celebration of the WW1 memorial in Washington, D.C. and I'm amazed at what a light turnout there was. Way less then 100 people attended and that includes the media and Park Service employees. I also covered the 911 events this past year where hundreds of thousands of people turned out. So yes, "Lest We Forget" indeed. I’m not saying that the events of 911 are not important because there are but almost 20 million people died in WW1. Just think about that for a moment. Then remember that less then 3000 died on 911. I guess it’s just a 3-day weekend for most without time to think about what’s going on beyond their flat screen and their Smartphone.
Killing is in our DNA, from the very beginning human life has sustained itself by killing for food, dominance, power, greed, envy and survival of the species. We may abhor it but down in our deepest ancient being it was and is a necessary part of our ability to survive. I know the platitudes but we continue to fool ourselves with noble causes while we continue to kill. I mourn for all the maimed and dead who paid the price and I am saddened for the families but I know I will never see true peace in this world.
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