Veterans Day, 2017 – Who Died?

First posted for Memorial Day, who died is just as relevant on
Veteran’s day.

We best honor the sacrifice of those who died by providing for
the men and women who  fought with them and survived.

‘Who Died’ is a five minute memorial to the young men who died
in the 1944 Invasion of France.

It speaks to the sacrifice of all young men and woman who give
their lives to preserve and protect American democracy.

Written, introduced, and narrated by novelist Betty Smith, author of
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” the film answers the question “Who died?”

Betty Smith: “I’ve just been told that over 3,000 of our American boys
died in the first eleven days of the invasion of France.

Who died? I’ll tell you who died.

Not so many years ago, there was a little boy sleeping in his crib. In the night, it thundered and lightninged. He woke and cried out in fear.

His mother came and fixed his blankets and said, ‘Don’t cry. Nothing will
ever hurt you.

He died.”

From the Technique newspaper

‘Who Died?’ – 1945

Description at National Archives: “Designed to sell war bonds, this picture requests the purchase of and retention of war bonds.”

National Archives Identifier: 11823

 

 

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20 thoughts on “Veterans Day, 2017 – Who Died?

    1. I hope that we honor them by treating those who survived with more dignity and access to the resources they need to put their lives together. I also honor those who resisted the way and the veterans of the early gay rights movement who sacrificed careers and survived the heartbreak of the AIDS epidemic. Everyone who fights to preserve, protect, defend and improve our democracy deserves honor and respect. Thank you for reading the post and leaving the comment.

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      1. I’ve learned a lot lately due to my wheelchair tire needing repair. I went and spoke with my neighbor who is a veteran and he told me all about his experiences in war and how he lost his legs and how he got home. He told me about how they qualify for benefits and how some do not 100% and I was so outraged! I felt so helpless knowing so many Veterans do not get 100% care when they get home. So they have to pay for their own wheelchairs or doctor appointments. And some lose their homes. I was just absolutely appalled. My husband’s family is an entire family of military veterans.
        The way the vietnam vets were treated when they got home. It was a hard story to hear.
        But like you said, we have to fight for everyone’s rights! And honor those who have fought for us. I thought it was a really cool post you posted. I was glad you did. I recently visited our veteran’s memorial and posted a blog about it with pictures and was so humbled and moved by the loss of life, those who have sacrificed.
        Many have sacrificed for our rights. Martin Luther King. Rosa Parks. Those who fight for people like me who are behind the scenes trying to fight for the rights of the disabled and those who fight the mental health stigmas on these blogs. I honor all who are fighting this fight to push us forward in equality

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      2. I was against the war in Viet Nam but I wasn’t against the guys that went. I grew up in a poor neighborhood, and most of the guys in my neighborhood were called up. The right to petition the government to better serve the will of the people is an essential freedom. The freedom to fight these battles at home are won for us by by our vets and the men and women in the intelligence community. And when disabilities rights advocates fight for better services we also fight for those who are not yet disabled.

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      3. The idea that those of us who opposed the war were ideologically opposed to the men who served was true of a small number of radicals but not of the Peace Movement as a whole. Folks in the peace movement were largely centrists on economic issues but socially progressive.

        Remember that in the 1960’s a ‘centrist’ was someone who supported the New Deal.

        Had he lived, Bobby Kennedy would have taken the White House on a platform of ending the War in Viet Nam and expanding access to food, housing and medical care.

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      1. My dad said we pay taxes for the privilege of living in a free country where we have public services that improve our lives. He belonged to the generation that voted for the New Deal and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. If everyone agreed to pay a fair share of their taxes and show up once or twice a year to cast an informed vote we will have done our duty.

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