A Veteran Remembers by Howard Zinn + Burn Pits and Betrayal: How the U.S. Poisoned its Veterans

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously published Nov. 13, 2011
November 11, 2019

Let’s go back to the beginning of Veterans Day. It used to be Armistice Day, because at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I came to an end.

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Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 2, 2018
Originally published Nov. 12, 2018
November 10, 2019

Some are inclined to recognize that Trumpies are dwelling in an alternative universe in which neither climate collapse nor nuclear apocalypse is a concern but terrifying wild hoards of Muslim Hondurans are skipping and dancing into the Fatherland armed with gang symbols, deadly rocks, and socialistic tendencies.

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World War I Homage – A Triumph of Lies and Platitudes by Finian Cunningham + Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying by David Swanson

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
November 12, 2018

World leaders gathered in Paris on Sunday under the Arc de Triomphe to mark the centennial anniversary ending World War I. In an absurd way, the Napoleon-era arc was a fitting venue – because the ceremony and the rhetoric from President Emmanuel Macron was a “triumph” of lies and platitudes.

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Remembrance Day: Why I’ll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Red Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson

Remembrance Day: Why I'll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson

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previously posted on Nov. 10, 2017 and May 30, 2016

Stop the War Coalition on May 24, 2016

“Dandelions” written and sung by Steve O’Donoghue

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Remembrance Day: Why I’ll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson

Remembrance Day: Why I'll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson

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Dandelion Salad

previously posted May 30, 2016

Stop the War Coalition on May 24, 2016

“Dandelions” written and sung by Steve O’Donoghue

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

Dandelion

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Dandelion Salad

Stop the War Coalition on May 24, 2016

“Dandelions” written and sung by Steve O’Donoghue

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Dead Poppies: When Remembrance Becomes Militarism by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
England
November 30, 2013

Red and White Remembrance Poppies

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
— From In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915

It was that time of year again, when sellers of poppies knock at the door and veterans line the streets of the local town with collecting tins and trays of fake red flowers sold in aid of the Royal British Legion; a time when, if you don’t buy or wear a poppy you would be made to feel ‘unpatriotic’.  But times they are a-changing.

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Remembrance Day: “Let this silence be a scream for peace.” by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
London, England
13 November 2011

“Did you really believe, when they told you the cause,
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?
Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame,
The killing and dying it was all done in vain
Oh Willy McBride it all happened again –
And again, and again, and again, and again.” — (The Green Fields of France, William Bogle, 1944 – )*

Across the world the fanfare commemorating the “day the guns fell silent” has been trumpeted (literally, in many places) as having special resonance: 11.11.11: a once in a century event.

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Tony Blair: Glossing Over Remembrance Day by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
11 November, 2010

Wreaths of artificial poppies used as a symbol...

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“You fasten all the triggers for the others to fire,
Then you sit back and watch when the death count gets higher,
You hide in your mansion’s as young people’s blood flows,
Out of their bodies and in to the mud.”  — Bob Dylan.

Today, is Remembrance Day, on both sides of the Atlantic. At the eleventh minute, of the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns of the First World War fell silent, leaving the estimated nine million who had died in battle, to the graves’ muteness across continents, and to France’s poppy fields. It remains the day when the deaths of subsequent tragedies and imperial follies are remembered. A day when even the cynical pause to read heartfelt notes on poppy wreaths, laid at the base of memorials, flowers refreshed on graves, stories of the lost, passed down and revisited, as more recent shared laughter, now also silenced..

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