Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: memorial day


MEMORIAL DAY: Clover Park students honor the fallen

Go see The Arlington Project at Clover Park High School in Lakewood. This stunning student-created display honoring the fallen for Memorial Day has become a tradition in the best spirit of community service.

More than 400 students and staff participate in creating the memorial that includes over 6,800 individually named markers, a display of state and territory flags with the number of the fallen from each labeled on the staff. Especially marked are the Prisoners of War who either died in captivity or were executed in Iraq and seven posthumous Medal of Honor recipients. There is also a tribute to our

Read more »


MEMORIAL DAY: Let’s remember what it’s about

These days, Memorial Day is nothing more than a three-day holiday weekend at the end of May for most people.

When I was a lad during the 1930s, it was called Decoration Day and always observed on May 30. The day was established during the late 1860s to remember those who fell in battle during the Civil War, both Union and Confederate. Following the Great War, the meaning of the day was expanded to include those who had fallen on the battlefield during any war this country had been involved in.

I have a vivid memory of my mother, aunts

Read more »


MEMORIAL DAY: Don’t forget the Merchant Marines

This Memorial Day, let’s not forget the Merchant Marines who served during each war and their valuable service delivering bombs, munitions, food and medical supplies to the troops.

There were many ships hit and sunk, sometimes left to fend for themselves when enemy threats to the naval ships was too great. Those who lost their lives were heroes, too.


MILITARY: Memorial Day means little without veterans benefits

Men and women are not “heroes” just because they put on a U.S. military uniform, and they don’t want to be called heroes. They simply want the rights and benefits that their government promised them when they signed up with a recruiter.

What they don’t want is a government that forces them to fight unnecessary imperial wars of aggression in the Third World, then can’t provide long-term care for the wounded and traumatized when they come home. What use is honoring yesterday’s fallen if we don’t provide for those who are falling today – falling into unemployment, depression, addiction, suicide

Read more »


MILITARY: Soldier didn’t make it to Veterans Day

How heartbreaking to see on Monday’s front page the small news item, “Bomb kills JBLM soldier in Afghanistan,” next to the story covering Veterans Day in the Capitol Rotunda.

First Sgt. Kenneth Wade Bennett, killed Saturday, missed Veterans Day by 24 hours or less. But we’ll remember him next May, on Memorial Day.


MEMORIAL DAY: Commentary was welcome

I just want to thank your writers for their commentary on the day that we set aside to remember those who died defending our country (TNT, 5-28). The editorial writer who wrote “To Americans who fell, an obligation of memory” and reader columnist Karen Frost with “A forgotten soldier’s grave.”

Since our history is not really taught anymore in our schools, too many people have no idea of the price that was paid to give us our freedoms we enjoy in this country. It is a price not only paid by our military men and women who served,

Read more »


WAR: The other side of history

Re: “To the Americans who fell, an obligation of memory” (editorial, 5-28).

I applaud your Memorial Day lament that Americans haven’t studied the wars we’ve fought. While they’re at it, they could learn about our Central American incursions on behalf of the United Fruit Company, our annexation of the Philippines from a helpless Spain, the fruitless and misguided adventures in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and our imperial war with Mexico.

Perhaps one or two will even ponder: How many tens of thousands died not to protect us or our country but as anonymous pawns in games of

Read more »


WAR: Post-Memorial Day sadness

Memorial Day fills me with deep sadness.

Perpetual war generates profits for Wall Street, and the weapons industry embraces our whole economy. Even corporations like Boeing and GI are co-dependents in manufacturing the technology of death.

Thus our nation is ruthlessly efficient in recruiting, training, deploying and exhausting soldiers, but we are cynically inept in serving them when they come home, for there is scant profit in caring for the wounded.

Once discharged, many wounded warriors wait six months for veterans benefits. If they file complaints, they wait two years for an answer from the Kafkaesque bureaucracy. Jobless, without medical

Read more »