Follow the Bagpipes
Sunday, May 29th, 2016 12:00 Noon
Battery Park Waterfront – East Coast Memorial
Manhattan: Subway #1 to South Ferry; #4&5 to Bowling Green; R to Whitehall
“From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. Disarm, Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.” Julia Ward Howe
Veterans For Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Veterans Peace Council, Iraq Veterans Against the War
MAY 29, 2016 at 12:00 Noon
EAST COAST MEMORIAL
Join us to commemorate the meaning of Memorial Day: remembering and honoring those who died from armed conflict
THIS MEMORIAL DAY: VETERANS HONOR SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS WHO DIED
This Memorial Day as we pause to remember the U.S. service members who have died during the nation’s wars, we also need to consider the astounding number of civilians who have perished in those wars.
Here are the numbers, to help remind us of the true costs of war:
|War||U.S. Military Deaths||Civilian Deaths|
|* Number includes the 9,000,000 that died in the Nazi concentration camps.
** The Vietnamese government in 1995 estimated that 2,000,000 Vietnamese civilians on both sides died in the war.
As you can easily see, since WWI there have been far more civilian deaths in each conflict than military deaths — and the ratio is getting worse all the time. If we added in the numbers of people killed by Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam and the number of people who will be killed by exposure to Depleted Uranium munitions in Iraq and Afghanistan, we don’t know what the ultimate number will be, but we know it will increase every year. The half-life of DU is 4 billion years.
Similarly, the number of civilian wounded is many times greater than that of the dead. The Vietnam War ended over 37 years ago, but unexploded ordnance and the effects of Agent Orange continue their awful toll.
As we remember the soldiers and sailors who have died in war we must take a further moment to reflect upon the broken lives and communities that endure – here and abroad – while paying the true costs of war. And then take action! Demand not another dime, not another life be spent on U.S. wars and occupations!
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