Posted Nov. 6, 2015 at 12:30 PM
Not to mention, does thanking a veteran once a year really mean we care? Every day, there are veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, living with the horrific conditions they suffered for our freedom, and there are those who have trouble finding housing or jobs.We’ve failed.
As a community, we’ve failed our veterans.
It’s not just that we canceled the parade in their honor.
It’s that we let the veterans believe it was in their best interest to cancel it.
When the news first came out that there would be no Veteran’s Day parade in Marshfield this year because of lack of spectators, we wondered two things right way: How do you cite lack of attendance in canceling a parade that hasn’t happened yet, and how does it make veterans feel?
After conducting multiple interviews, we learned it wasn’t just the lack of residents who attended the annual parade, but even veterans weren’t really that interested.
That’s what’s most striking. That’s where we failed. We’ve let our veterans believe they aren’t important.
Historically, our society has never done a very good job at saluting veterans. We’ve even shunned veterans when we didn’t agree with the war they fought in. We saw it after Vietnam, but we’ve seen it much more recently also with Iraq and Afghanistan.
We’re still sending people to war, creating new veterans all the time, and maybe that’s lending to our apathy.
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