I've been out all weekend covering area Memorial Day activities. I've been to a parade, a new monument, at a ceremony, and a memorial for a soldier who died. I don't feel patriotic. I feel numb at the pointlessness of it all.
I can't help but think that the veterans who have died in the decades since the Korean War haven't accomplished that much, dollar for dollar, death for death. They aren't fighting for "our nation and our freedom," like all the bullshit rhetoric says. They're fighting for political agendas and money.
I don't feel much when I look at the flag.
The only time I do choke up is when I talk to World War II veterans, the few who are still around. Now there are some men who were chewed up by the machine. There are some men who felt it was fight or die.