“Veteran’s Day should be an occasion for a national vow: no more war victims on the other side; no more veterans on our side.” This concluding statement of Howard Zinn’s article on Veteran’s Day emphasizes ample cause on the negative outlook on a war holiday. Having a “Veteran’s Day,” in one perspective, is a day that honors the men and women (if there were any) for their hard work and dedication in serving their country. From another viewpoint, as taken by this article, a day, like “Veteran’s Day,” is “instead of an occasion for denouncing war, has become an occasion for bringing out flags, the uniforms, the martial music, the pat
riotic speeches reeking with hypocrisy. Where did the meaning go in all of our holidaysIt would not be a surprise to find that more bodies have been lost through war than by diseases and natural causes. Unfortunately, in some respects, war is the last resort and is taken ONLY to help others with their problems. " Most, if not all "American" holidays have drifted too far away from the meaning of the holiday or celebration in the first place. This money could be going to something more important, like education, health care, or (share the wealth) and help other countries in need. The United States went in and found torture chambers of Sadaam Hussein. Easter, as another example of an Americanized occasion, has been overfilled with Sunday dresses, Easter egg hunts, baskets from the "Easter bunny", and egg coloring. The veterans of wars should be honored for their services, even if that means some flags or decorations should be hung to display this gratitude. Zinn mentions that veteran"tms service in the war has been used as a glorification of war instead of a time to look back and count the deaths and say, "Enough!" If war had really been done away with, renounced, millions, if not more, would have been saved in future (now past) wars. The biblical backbone for this holiday has almost come completely nonexistent. Christmas, for example, has become a time of Christmas tree purchasing, gift buying, Santa falling down the chimney and eating milk and cookies time of year. There are, though, too many days of celebration in this country. Our efforts in war were the last chance to help the citizens and other civilians of the area.