Salute to Veterans!
That includes military service in any country and equally includes alternative service such as Peace Corps. On this site there are vets from the Israeli, Mexican, and US armed forces, and many of you are married to vets. I believe there are couple of our classmates who were nurses.
I stand in awe of our combat vets and nurses. You know who you are and respectfully salute you on YOUR day.
Glad I served. Some memories are as vivid as if they happened yesterday. Hope you take the vernacular in good humor and the memories to heart:
I recommend two books about the Viet Nam war, one a personal narration, and the second a history of the war. The first, “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, a noted journalist. Mr. O’Brien takes us from the moment he received his draft notice through his combat experience as an infantryman. An equally appalling and disturbing combat narrative is this one by a Marine rifleman in WWII, “With the Old Breed”, by Sledge.
The second is “Viet Nam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975” by noted historian Max Hastings. The book is more balanced than the title would indicate and gives us great detail in policy formulation (US, North Viet Nam China, Russia), egotism (mostly US), politics, execution of the war, and some aftereffects. It is a long and very interesting read, and I was astounded to find two people I know mentioned in the book – both civilians who worked in the State Department.
Upon rereading my draft, I see the words, “…support and defend the Constitution….”, and therefore very highly recommend “A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution” by Carol Berkin, and another one of her books on the topic, “The Bill of Rights: The fight to Secure America’s Liberties.” The titles seem self-explanatory, but they are a “must read” given today’s very divisive societal situation in the US. Both books give great understanding about our founding fathers’ thought processes, precedents, final definition of representation, and where power should reside – and everything else
Thanks to all vets as defined at the beginning. Thanks to all who support vets.
As always, I welcome comments, complaints, observations, disagreements, suggestions, etc. Anything but whining.
P. S. On my way out the door to march in the Veteran’s Day Parade in NY. Just as it was in ’69, the cadence will be, “Yo lep! Yo lep! Yo lep ripe LEP! Yo lep ripe LEP!”