Friday, August 26, 2011

27 funerals a day

According to an Associated Press story, there are an average of 27 funerals a day at Arlington National Cemetery, the site most frequently associated with the burial of those linked to military life, past or present.

Twenty-seven per day is  9,855 per year. If even half of those are war-related ... is this any way to treat those who are often referred to as heroes? Is war worth the blood of the young? The self-serving accolades make me want to puke, not as a means of disdaining the sorrows of the bereaved, but as a way of wondering why the heroics of the corn farmer or mother helping her child on the playground slide or the old man rocking on a porch go unsung.

Just being alive -- assuming you want to see it that way -- is pretty heroic.

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