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The KS Star gave Boy Scout merit badge hunters a gold star on Sunday. Jeanne and I figured to visit the Union Cemetery, oldest one in KC, on Memorial Day just for the hell of it. Then I saw the KC Star front page had Boy Scouts out decorating graves of veterans there. And everyone using the words ‘Veteran’ and ‘Warrior’ interchangeably.
As it happens a lot of one-time Confederates are buried at the Union Cemetery. Once a person gets into the spirit of putting flags on graves, might as well send the troop out with Confederate battle flags, too. Most were one-time Confederates who died decades after the Great War of Secession, but there’s a monument over the mass grave of Confederate POWs who died in a prison camp near here. That one got a forest of Confederate battle flags.
I say this with some authority, though we took a pass on the Memorial Day visit. Went out there Sunday, Memorial Day Eve, instead. Though most of the burying that’s ever going to be done there has already happened, 55,000 funerals seems plenty for most normal purposes. And a surprising lot had flags sticking up from them courtesy of Boy Scouts. Back in the heyday of Union Cemetery veterans had a lot bigger wars to get drafted into.
Likely as not somewhere out there the Boy Scouts put German flags on WWI Germans who fought in the Big one on the wrong side before migrating to the US. Maybe even a few from WWII.
Because the only way past the post-WWII series of incomprehensible US military adventures in foreign lands with any hope of inspiring those Boy Scouts to enlist to buy a piece of one is to ignore the Wars and glorify the warriors. Dead or alive. Company clerks, regimental band trumpet players, helicopter mechanics. All heroes, all warriors, all guilty of conspicuous courage without having to do a damned thing to demonstrate it to anyone.
If you’ve never done anything worth mentioning in your entire life and never will, visit your Army recruiter. Gets you a flag on your grave after everyone’s forgotten everything else about you.
A lot of old US Veterans have to be getting a lot of secret laughs about this in the privacy of their home bathrooms before they hoist their trousers, pluck their galluses over their shoulders, and carefully place their cammy ball caps with VETERAN over the visor onto their gray pompadours.