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MEMORIAL DAY: Military spouses are heroes, too

On this Memorial Day, I will honor an American hero. She rests at the Tahoma National Cemetery.

Not all soldiers carry guns, and not all heroes serve in battle. This hero served for 26 years as a military spouse. Her name is Atha.

The battles she fought were frequent moves, remote postings to unfamiliar places, long separations and sick kids. And she volunteered wherever she was needed. She was sometimes recognized for her service, more often not.

Like soldiers who have foxhole buddies for strength during times of battle, military spouses often band together to fight their battles.

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MEMORIAL DAY: Honor our nation’s warriors

Re: “Honor military, don’t glorify” (letter, 5-27).

This letter to the editor struck a tattered nerve deep in my soul. My service to our country began in 1967 as a pilot of an unarmed medical evacuation helicopter in Vietnam. I and those within my unit did our duty, and proudly so, not because we were inculcated or enslaved to our government, but because we believed it to be in the best interest of our nation.

I was delusional in my beliefs that upon returning home our service would be positively acknowledged. The writer appears to be of the faction that

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MEMORIAL DAY: Honor veterans, don’t glorify

Re: “Veterans continue to inspire through generations” (reader columnist, 5-24).

This over-the-top glorification of war and warriors, sugarcoated as patriotism, is an insult to truth. The 58,000 fallen soldiers of the Vietnam War did not win us freedom or security; they fought and died for stupidity and hubris.

Korea, Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention the secret wars our government has conducted behind our backs, were likewise dubious, inglorious subterfuge or outright crime, as witnessed by Congress never bothering to officially declare war in any of these cases.

My father was one of the most highly

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MEMORIAL DAY: A day of remembrance

Something along the way has gone wrong. I moved here in 1989 and was somewhat surprised to find that Memorial Day here does not seem to have the same meaning as it did when I was growing up.

For starters, this newspaper solicits notices to remember loved ones who probably had nothing to do with the original meaning of the day. This is just wrong. While I do realize that people want to remember their loved ones, why not do it on a day that is more appropriate, such as their birthday? To do so on Memorial Day takes just a little bit away from the original meaning of the day. Read more »