Today in Houston, Texas in Hermann Park over 3,800 flags were placed in the ground for each U.S. troop killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each flag bears the name of each troop killed including the date and circumstances of their death. We also read the names aloud. At the request of a Gold Star Mother, we included a section remembering those who have committed suicide since returning home.
A memorial for the Iraqi civilians stands in the center.
It is a labor of love organized by Veterans for Peace Chapter 12, Military Families Speak Out, and CodePINK. It will be on display until Tuesday evening.
We remember and grieve.
Would that every man and woman on Earth under age 30 refuse to enlist in their nation's military. Would that we stop supporting American retailers Memorial Day sales -- even though war is always about commerce of one kind or other. Would that everyone against this war take action and speak up against this war. Would that our remembrance and grieving be the beginning.