From the Political Junkie: A Sobering Reminder at the Old Settlers Parade

• Topics: USA & World, War & Peace,

PLEASE: I urge you to view this article over at my blog, where I am able to embed pictures. This is the sort of thing that needs to be both seen and felt.

I drove out to Ferndale today to enjoy the Old Settler's Parade. It is a yearly tradition filled with all sorts of fun games, booths, and lots of tractors. This year was no different. I had casually planned to do a humorous post, filled with notes on creepy mascots (here andhere) and amusing pictures of children enjoying the fun. But my mind turned to more serious thoughts when this group marched by:

They walked in silence, without music or fanfare. Each person carried the image of a fallen soldier who had died in the last two wars.

They marched on, forming a swath as long as a city block. Those who carried the signs were men and women, civilian and those who have served. It was a sobering reminder, that even as we play out our summer, as we grumble about the autumn-like weather, or cross words over which candidate should be mayor or executive, there are our brothers and sisters thousands of miles away paying that final sacrifice. The man standing next to me, a lively old man named Rod with a beard like white cotton candy, offered up a slow steady clap of support that was taken up by the parade watchers, as the wall of white pictures stretch onward.

Rod muttered as the passed, "We should have brought them home years ago." It is true. We have our men and women overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan for what? Certainly not rooting out Osama Bin Laden or finding non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction. I'm glad that Obama is slowly ramping down the Iraq war, but we still are seeing our brothers and sisters return to Dover in caskets. It was a sobering reminder of the cost of war, and the brave Americans who pay that cost for us.

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Riley Sweeney, raised in the Pacific Northwest, moved to Bellingham during the Bush years, worked on a cross-section of political campaigns during the Obama years, and then fled to the [...]

Comments by Readers

Rob Stratton

Aug 01, 2011

Very sad.

The republicats and their war machine is across the party lines. We need a policy of non-intervention to stop these senseless wars. This would entitle stopping all aid foreign countries receive from our government. Removing most our bases that exist in 130 different countries.

Let us force congress into letting presidents unconstitutionally get us into conflicts (Obama has done this too, can anyone say Libya?) This is the sole responsibility of congress, and should be done only in acts of aggression against us.


Rob Stratton

Aug 01, 2011

Edit; The above post should have stated “force congress in not letting presidents unconstitutionally get us into conflicts”

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