Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

Simple rituals. Simple facts. Yesterday I gave a talk on military mental illness and the economics of veteran’s mental health. I was blessed to have the podium at a wonderful social justice church in Troy, New York. I spoke about the China Marines and the survivors of the Palawan massacre in World War II.

Today John and I went to the local Memorial Day parade. We walked for an hour—he looking for students and me waving to vets—the older the better. And the “Vets for Peace” and “Grannies for Peace” too.

The man who married us was walking in the parade and he came over to say hello and gave me a flag on a stick. “You need a flag to wave” he said. And indeed I do.

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