Conflicted vet on Memorial D

Though comforted that his local parade would be nonpartisan, veteran Bob Geiger remained conflicted: "But I also want the ability to very specifically mourn 1,657 Americans who have died unnecessarily. I want time to reflect on their bravery and sacrifice and a few moments to feel anger at the injustice of their passing. I cannot march with people who support the policies that led to their deaths and I cannot participate in something that subtly sustains the misguided patriotism that makes so many Americans oblivious to how horribly their families have been cheated. I want time to think about the truth. It is the least I can do for the most recent of those we honor today. (Yellow-Dog Blog)

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