Fourth of July,

a day for weddings

and collecting memories to span a lifetime.

A day to remember the foundations of things,

hot and leafy in the park,

photos and well-wishes.

Parades of marching men

and weapons of destruction

leave their dusty trail in another world.

In this sky, brazen in the heat,

only birds shriek their threats and war cries.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

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      1. Very good point. Interestingly enough, I’ve been checking out the books and interviews of Neely Fuller Jr. I remember a couple of clips where he talks about how only military personnel or people who did any fighting or conquering get the most recognition especially in America (coincidentally enough, Fuller served in two military branches decades ago). He brings up some points such as how you don’t see that many statues or memorials based on doctors, teachers, peace activists, or inventors who made inventions that saved lives. It’s as if society here glorifies destruction more than construction.

      2. I think it’s the same everywhere to an extent. Monument building is really a thing of the past but even so there are statues to poets, philosophers, politicians, scientists etc, streets and schools are names after them, almost 100% male, it has to be said. We still tend to hail every soldier (professional) killed in action as a hero. Okay, some might have done something altruistic and heroic to get themselves killed, most though just get killed while they’re killing other people, or they’re in an accident. Heroes maybe, maybe not. We ought to widen the scope a bit.

      3. That’s true since I’m sure every country on the planet has at least one monument, statue, etc. for someone in some way. I feel like we have a ton more for soldiers here in America. You can go to some of the smaller towns with a 4 digit population and you might see a local person in statue form. You bring up a good point about how there are so many male statues. Women should certainly be represented, too. The scope should certainly be widened and not be limited to certain occupations or gender.

      4. We all have a long way to go before you’ll see a state funeral for a woman who died in a fire rescuing other people’s kids. You might only have to wait a few weeks and there’ll be one for a soldier killed when his truck rolled off a sand dune in a desert somewhere.

      5. That’s part of the problem. We are fixated on a particular type of ‘worth’. Small, everyday heroism doesn’t count. We still hold up ‘our brave boys’ as the summum of heroism, the only ‘gestures’ that get the weeping crowds out on the streets.

      6. Exactly! It’s like society gauges the worthiness of heroism and it can be quite skewed. Apparently saving children from a burning building isn’t as heroic as gunning people down in their eyes? That’s a sad state of thinking. Also, those same people who want to go to war to bomb people all the time most likely didn’t serve in the military. We call them chickenhawks here in America.

      7. We knock the old Medieval kings and princes, but at least when they picked a fight with someone, it was expected they’d at least have the decency to lead their army. Can you imagine Trump or Kim out in front of the troops with AK-47s in their fists? I have a pretty good imagination but that defeats me.

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