I read a blog today that made me a little sick. I'm not a fan of war or the military but I ,like many people on Guam, have countless friends and family in the armed forces. The blog post I read was criticizing the troops honored on Memorial Day. It was basically saying that by celebrating Memorial Day, you are honoring mass murderers and rapists.
I'm not sure if the author has known any one in the military or any veterans. My father, brother, and grand father were in the military. My uncle is in Kuwait right now. I have so many friends who are in the military. Most of these men and women joined fresh out of high school. They joined to support their families. They joined to make a living when there weren't many other opportunities. They joined to protect their families and friends from hostile forces and a failing economy. They did not join to murder or to rape and neither did most of their brothers and sisters who've lost their lives in war. I don't feel it is our right to judge the souls of generations of soldiers who died believing they were protecting freedom. Whether war is right or wrong their intentions were in the right place.