Remembrance Day: Why I’ll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Red Poppy

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Stop the War Coalition on May 24, 2016

“Dandelions” written and sung by Steve O’Donoghue

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Memorial Day Crocodile Tears from Those Who Create Wars by Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
May 29, 2016

A few million Americans may be thinking about it, but won’t be celebrating Memorial Day. For them, there’s not much to celebrate or to remember.

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Honoring Mercenaries for the U.S. Corporate State by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 23, 2013

Soldiers die for corporate greed

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Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?
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The Memorial Day massacre by Sharon Smith (1989)

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by Sharon Smith
SocialistWorker.org
May 27, 2011

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The presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed the reputation of the Democratic Party from the party of the Southern slaveholders to that of “friend of the working people”–a reputation that the Democratic Party, undeservedly, continues to enjoy.

Roosevelt himself became nothing less than a legend, with his campaign promise of a “New Deal for the American people” and his signing of the National Recovery Act in 1933, which opened the way for the mass union organizing drives of the Depression era.

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Flags, Crosses and Circuses… And Apathy!! by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
May 29, 2011

Who Would Jesus Bomb?

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Naomi Wolf, in her fine 2007 book The End of America, hit the nail on the head. She mentions, in her preface, that Nazi propagandists were referring to Germany as ‘The Heimat ‘or ‘Homeland ‘. Is it a coincidence that the Bush crew used this phrase after 9/11?  Hitler’s gang, after the suspicious Reichstag fire, got the German Parliament to pass the Enabling Laws. These laws virtually gave unlimited power to the government, stripping away civil liberties.  They disallowed the right to dissent, freedom of assembly, and freedom of the press…while legitimizing the arrest of political opponents to the regime.  Continue reading

Memorial Day and the Turkish flotilla By Jerry Mazza

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By Jerry Mazza
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.jerrymazza.com
June 4, 2010

We were out of town Memorial Day weekend, visiting with my in-laws in their senior living residence in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It sits under a huge Mid Western sky that shone blue as an American eye. The sun reflected on the boundless spread of land that will soon bear its corn and bounty from the rich black earth of rural farms.

As a New York City guy, I felt like I was in another world, almost somnambulant in the warm light when I woke with a start. I heard the news, oh boy, that Israel had attacked the Turkish flotilla, ironically on Memorial Day, the day we honor the war dead.

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Peace Heroes: Casey Sheehan by Cindy Sheehan

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by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
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crossposted at (Islam Times)
May 30, 2010

Memorial Day and the “holiday” weekend lay a double-whammy claim on my emotions every year.

Thirty-one years ago today—May 29—my first child was born—a son. We named him “Casey” because we were huge baseball fans and it just seemed like such a fine Irish-American name. His middle name, Austin, is an old family name of mine.

I went into labor with Casey a week early and I was in labor with him (in those days, knowing the gender of the baby was not routine) all day on Memorial Day in 1979. The labor was not too harsh and he was born at exactly one hour and one minute past midnight.

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Memorial “Daze”: Nightmares of Empire by Philip A. Farruggio

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by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
28 May, 2010

Hitler’s German army invaded and occupied Poland. Many soldiers were killed. The Japanese invaded and occupied Nanking and Shanghai. They had many soldiers killed. The same for the British when they occupied India and Palestine. The local populations did not wish to be occupied by foreigners, especially ones with loaded guns pointed at their faces. The Indians of the plains did not take well to our Calvary and forts. Many of our young troops were slaughtered at Little Big Horn, because they were seen as invaders. The people of Germany, Japan, Britain, America mourned those soldiers killed while occupying foreign soil, and rightly so. Yet, to honor them does an injustice to the victims of their occupation. Why? Well, in all the above instances, those nations illegally occupied the countries mentioned. So, to honor a soldier that is used for such heinous acts is an injustice to both the memory of him and the memory of the victims of such assaults.

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Memorial Day 2010: Milestones Of Mourning by Ed Ciaccio

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by Ed Ciaccio
Dandelion Salad
Featured Writer
May 28, 2010

Recently, it was announced that the 1,000th U.S. soldier was killed in Afghanistan.  By Memorial Day, 2010, U.S. taxpayers will have spent $1 TRILLION on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  More than one million Iraqis have been killed in our illegal, unnecessary war of lies and aggression on Iraq, and uncounted tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of Afghanis and Pakistanis have been killed in the Bush-Obama Af-Pak Wars of choice and Empire in those devastated, poor lands.

In addition, more than 300,000 U.S. and NATO soldiers, and millions of Iraqis, Afghanis, and Pakistanis have been maimed in these wars.  Nearly five million Iraqis, and hundreds of thousands of Afghanis and Pakistanis, have been displaced by these U.S.-NATO wars.

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Memorial Day By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
May 25, 2009

I am sick of the voices of heroes!
They cry from maniacal graves:

“Why do you hurry and turn away—
You who are warmed by the sun?

“Once a year, on a ‘solemn occasion,’
You come for public mourning.
Officers offer orisons.
Politicians ply for votes.

“And we lie here in the dank cold
In Earth’s forlorn cathedral
Year after year recalling
Gilded words,
Lips we did not kiss and love,
Eyes that did not see our eyes,
And the eyes of enemies we did not know.”

Shush!
Be quiet!  Be still!

Under the stones, under the raw sod,
Worry the worms, worry the casket’s
Satin, worry the groaning Earth,
Turning around on its axis,
Five billion years and counting.

Gary Corseri has published novels and poetry collections, posted and published his work at Dandelion Salad and hundreds of other venues, performed at the Carter Presidential Library, had dramas on Atlanta-PBS.  He is editor of Cyrano’s Showcase (http://showcase.bestcyrano.org/) and can be reached at gary_corseri@comcast.net.

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Video for Remembrance Day for Victims of US Empire by Cindy Sheehan

Day of the Dead, May 25, 2009 by Cindy Sheehan

Video for Remembrance Day for Victims of US Empire by Cindy Sheehan

Note: Youtube pulled the video.  See: War is Unsuitable for Children: Another YouTube outrage by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
May 24, 2009

Warning

This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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video no longer available (Youtube removed it)

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Day of the Dead, May 25, 2009 by Cindy Sheehan

Day of the Dead, May 25, 2009 by Cindy Sheehan

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by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
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May 23, 2009

I was on an airplane flying to Orange County from Sacramento to attend the al-Awda Conference; which is a Palestinian Right’s Conference. Al-Awda translates to “The Returning, “ when the Pilot voice filled the cabin to make an announcement that I think went unnoticed by most of my fellow passengers, but I heard it.

As the plane was on the approach to John Wayne airport, the Captain came on the intercom to remind us all to “remember our brave troops who have died for our freedom.” Even in this post 9-11 paranoid paradigm, if I wasn’t belted in for landing, I would have popped out of my seat at 13D and charged up to the cockpit to let the pilot know that my son was killed in Iraq and not one person anywhere in this world is one iota more free because he is dead.

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