Recognition At Last

Another Sunday and the weather is marvelous…..warm days cool nights and the garden is in full bloom….can hardly wait for that first tomato….it will be for a tomato sandwich…..crusty French roll with tomatoes and onion and olive oil……my mouth is watering already.

The weekends I usually only post one article and try not to do anything that has been in the news in the past week…we all need a break from the silliness were call politics.

In 2014 we started the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of World War One.  Most Americans do not think much about the war as they do about Korea and Vietnam….granted the US was only a minor participant…a little over a year of actual combat before the ceasefire.

Even the old mighty History Channel has avoided the conflict…..but as with any war that cost American lives it is worth remembering and studying with the hope that we never have to do it again….so far we have failed miserably.

We have monuments all over DC for war….the Unknowns, Vietnam Wall, the Cold war, etc.  But so far there is not much to remind Americans of World War One…..but that is about to change…..

Washington: How should the US honour the wishes of the last American First World War soldier, who asked for a national monument to the country’s role in the conflict?

The answer is more complicated than it seems.


In the US capital, national war memorials date only to 1982 when the Vietnam War memorial opened on the National Mall. A Korean War memorial followed, and in 2004, after years of debate, a Second World War memorial.

The United States has been “walking it back ever since,” said Edwin Fountain, co-chair of the First World War Centennial Commission. The biggest drawback, he said, is that “we don’t have a living constituency of World War I veterans.”

Source: A century later, plans under way for First World War memorial in Washington |

The article is in Gulf News…..seems NO American rag could be bothered with a story about this war or its veterans.  Is that the fate my generation has to look forward to?  Viet vets will be just a footnote on some term paper?

That ends my post for today…..I hope everyone has a good day and thanx for your visits and comments in the past week…I appreciate you guys very much…..chuq out!


6 thoughts on “Recognition At Last

  1. As a retired history teacher, I had some of the same thoughts as I perused the History Channel and the American Hero’s Channel in search of…American pickers? Here in the South it’s sliced tomatoes on white bread oozing Duke’s Mayonnaise.

    1. For me it is Hellman’s but the same result….History Channel does not live up to its name…..when did mafia types and outlaws become heroes? Have a great Sunday….chuq

  2. While I honor the veterans, for having the courage of their convictions, & acting to protect what they believe to be threatened, I think it would be a better idea to stop glorifying wars altogether, & start mourning the dead those wars engendered…. Perhaps, if we regretted having to go to war at all a bit more than we seem to do, it would be a good way to begin thinking of ways to wage peace, instead….

    Just a thought, but, since every war is, essentially, based solely on political prevarication, duping the soldiers into fighting for monetary gains, rather than the “liberty” they believe to be threatened, I think it would be a good thing to cease all the hoopla over being screwed for dishonest political agendas….

    But, very few people would agree, I think, for there are VERY few who understand the true reasons we are constantly at war…. I forget who said it just now, but, a wise person once said, “Patriotism is the belief that one’s country is the best, and brightest, simply because they were born there.” I honestly believe this to be true; it’s all hierarchal thinking, without any relation to reality… No place is better than any other on this planet, & fighting over it makes no more sense than fighting over any other delusion, such as religion, or money….

    Truth is often unpalatable; that does not make it any less the truth.

    gigoid, the dubious

    1. I agree but a monument to the soldiers that served in WW1 is not glorifying in my book….just like the “Wall” isn’t…..if we must send our people to die then they should be remembered….have a good Sunday my friend…..chuq

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