Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO.
Hi readers. Thanks for coming by for a smile.
I was sitting in the Silver clinic waiting area at the KCVA Medical Center today and got some really good news! Keep in mind that I was just a few dozen yards from the Hall of Heroes and fairly close to Valor Elevator. So this guy doing all the talking really seemed appropriate.
He was a severely overweight old fellow with a lot of bends in the wrong places, hair coming out in patches. Had the man next to me pinned to his chair as he went on bludgeoning the people of this country for not supporting the president more, for all the ‘snowflakes’ and cowards nowadays, and for the fact nobody is honoring our soldiers dying in these presidential wars.
Guy next to me, “I voted for Trump. I don’t regret it yet.”
“They complain about him going to Florida! Heck, Florida, at least, has a park where they honor the dead from all wars!” He named the park, and I went back to trying to read my book.
But then I got to thinking. All wars? Wow!
Anyway, I looked it up. He was right!
By golly I think it’s about time someone honored all those fallen soldiers at Little Big Horn who got themselves killed trying to attack a lot more Sioux and Cheyenne than they thought were there. And all those twenty-five soldiers killed when they massacred all those people at Wounded Knee.
Heck, when you think about it, all those Indian wars have all sorts of fallen GIs who got themselves offed trying to kill Indians…… Apache, Navajo, Sioux, Cheyenne, Yuma, Ute, Comanche, Kiowa, Seminole. I’ve never heard one solitary soul stand up in front of a podium and pronounce how those men died for our freedoms. But without them we wouldn’t have farms and ranches scattered all over the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. And condos and resorts all over Florida. Those men died for our property rights.
And what about all the heroes who fell in the Mexican War when we were taking California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada away from the Mexicans? Nobody ever stands over their graves, stares at the flag, gulps, and talks about how they fought for our Constitution, our freedom of speech, our property rights.
Then there was the Spanish American War, where we took Puerto Rico, Cuba, and all her other possessions away from Spain …… and the heroes who died in that war for our property rights.
There’s just no getting around it. We’re falling down on the job honoring our fallen from all eras. Good thing someone is at least remembering the guys who died for our freedoms in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq one and two, and various other places in the Balkans, the Middle East, Korea, and Africa.
In fact, probably having someone stand in front of a podium and explain how all those guys were protecting our freedom would be a good place to begin. I’m inclined to think General Custer came about as close to protecting our freedom as anyone who died in a war after 1950.
Yeah, all those fallen heroes killed by Geronimo and Cochise won’t rest until someone honors them by explaining how they died for our freedom.