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  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    I just saw everywhere there was a minute silence for the victims of the Boston attack; I have a suggestion; we should hold one everyday for the daily victims of gun violence; lately I counted at least 5 a day; more thus then Boston. If we continue on this path and have these ceromony's also for these victims; then this country will have huge work breaks. If we do this, may be then people wake up about putting proper gun laws into effect. Not just fake background checks.
  • Center Left
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    On ABC they suggested that they had a moment of silence. It's just obvious they have no idea what silence is. There was much noise on their broadcast.
  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    Surprisingly flags were not lowered to half staff. This in the past was a well deserving honer of only the highest esteem. Today it has lost it's honor, and handed out like candy to kids on Halloween, except more often.
  • Liberal
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    Every flag I've seen in NH and MA has been lowered for the past week, not to mention all the electronic billboard on the state highways have been displaying messages of thanks to the police, etc.
  • Other Party
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    Dutch I'm not saying this is a bad idea I am saying if it did happen, it wouldn't matter. What happened today is OK and if Boston wanted to do it next year on the anniversery that would be fine too. But it doesn't matter. If some people feel better doing it--more power to them but in the big picture it does not matter.

    We already have too many "moments of silence" and holidays other such gestures which many people do not know or care about.

    Ask 100 young Americans, high schoolers or 20somethings, what is the meaning of Memorial Day and an alarming number will not know. All many people care about is a three day weekend, a day to go to the beach, a paid holiday...etc. Not just kids, adults too.

    I do not know what will ..."wake people up"... about gun laws, but this is not it.
  • Other Party
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    An while we are on the subject...Today is Earth Day. Who Knew?

    Actually I had heard it but forgotten all about it until I saw it mentioned on the evening newscast. I didn't do anything to celebrate Earth Day and I don't know a single person who changed anything they did today. It's just another meaningless day for most of us but if it is important to some people, that's great for them. I am not "Anti" Earth Day, it's just that for me and most of us it is meaningless. For those who take it seriously, then that's great for them.

    I conserve, I recycle, I am sympathetic to most reasonable environmental causes, I just do not care if this is Earth Day or not. We have too many "days" and "moments", but that's just my opinion.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    You say, "Earth Day", well, I did my part spreading 40lbs of grass seed. It is becoming a lost effort to attempt honoring our fallen from war, violence and terror. For the first month, most will grieve than forget until the next year when this day comes around. Some will remember where they were when it happened, other's don't care anymore. One day my wife and I remember well when we were in High School and the announcement came through the halls that John F.Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. For some reason that day sticks and makes us remember. Other days I seem less to remember, but I do recall the events during end of the Vietnam War. I know were I was, but for some reason I don't remember what I was doing. I recall the JFK assassination very clearly with fellow kids in the hallways crying and yelling how this could happen. The events that stands out in the IRAQ war was the "Shock & Awe", bombings and Bush's arrorgance on the aircraft carrier saying,"Mission accomplished". I don't recall anything of Granada and very little of Bosnia. I recall some video pictures of the tank battles in the Middle East Conflict.

    I'm fortunate to live in a city that has the national WW1 museum. I've been there several times and I remember my Grandfather who lost half a lung from mustard gas in the trenches and fighting in the Rhein forests. I have his medal from the Black Forest battles, impressive. I put his medals along with my fathers and my own in a case for display. These moments of silence is new age stuff and I don't recall this being done twenty years ago or more. It's strange, but these moments of silence seem to be a more common event today. So, as it was indicated in a previous post that if we continue to have mass killings by terror we will potentially have enough moments of silence to just stay home in bed. I enjoy a beer ever so often with my friends. So, I suggest we do as the Brits, raise our glass and say something similar like,"God save our Queen". How about, "hang the bastard that did the bombings". Ok, thats too brutal, how about, "Cheers for Boston".

    When you remain in silence, how many do you think are truly clear of mind and honestly honoring the fallen? The crowd follow like lemmings, folded arms or hands in pockets and stand for 60 seconds not saying anything. For some, staying silent for 60 seconds is torture. Some are thinking of their shopping list for the day. Some are thinking about who to invite at their next party. However, there are many that are truly honoring the fallen in silence with grief and thoughts of the horror in the act of violence against a peaceful event. Than there are those who are close to those that fell victim to the terror with loss of body and worst death. These individuals who are close to the victims are sick with grief and are truly remembering their family and friends.

    I still think that raising that glass of beer high and saying, "God speed and may you find peace at last". So, let's all move on and get that damn Gun Control Bill passed with heavy restrictions on bomb making.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: You say, "Earth Day", well, I did my part spreading 40lbs of grass seed. It is becoming a lost effort to attempt honoring our fallen from war, violence and terror. For the first month, most will grieve than forget until the next year when this day comes around. Some will remember where they were when it happened, other's don't care anymore. One day my wife and I remember well when we were in High School and the announcement came through the halls that John F.Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. For some reason that day sticks and makes us remember. Other days I seem less to remember, but I do recall the events during end of the Vietnam War. I know were I was, but for some reason I don't remember what I was doing. I recall the JFK assassination very clearly with fellow kids in the hallways crying and yelling how this could happen. The events that stands out in the IRAQ war was the "Shock & Awe", bombings and Bush's arrorgance on the aircraft carrier saying,"Mission accomplished". I don't recall anything of Granada and very little of Bosnia. I recall some video pictures of the tank battles in the Middle East Conflict.

    I'm fortunate to live in a city that has the national WW1 museum. I've been there several times and I remember my Grandfather who lost half a lung from mustard gas in the trenches and fighting in the Rhein forests. I have his medal from the Black Forest battles, impressive. I put his medals along with my fathers and my own in a case for display. These moments of silence is new age stuff and I don't recall this being done twenty years ago or more. It's strange, but these moments of silence seem to be a more common event today. So, as it was indicated in a previous post that if we continue to have mass killings by terror we will potentially have enough moments of silence to just stay home in bed. I enjoy a beer ever so often with my friends. So, I suggest we do as the Brits, raise our glass and say something similar like,"God save our Queen". How about, "hang the bastard that did the bombings". Ok, thats too brutal, how about, "Cheers for Boston".

    When you remain in silence, how many do you think are truly clear of mind and honestly honoring the fallen? The crowd follow like lemmings, folded arms or hands in pockets and stand for 60 seconds not saying anything. For some, staying silent for 60 seconds is torture. Some are thinking of their shopping list for the day. Some are thinking about who to invite at their next party. However, there are many that are truly honoring the fallen in silence with grief and thoughts of the horror in the act of violence against a peaceful event. Than there are those who are close to those that fell victim to the terror with loss of body and worst death. These individuals who are close to the victims are sick with grief and are truly remembering their family and friends.

    I still think that raising that glass of beer high and saying, "God speed and may you find peace at last". So, let's all move on and get that damn Gun Control Bill passed with heavy restrictions on bomb making.
    Very well worded; yes you see the world as it is and was; my thoughts exactly.
  • Center Left
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    Earth Day - Important. Why not start a new thread ?
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    jamesn Wrote: An while we are on the subject...Today is Earth Day. Who Knew?

    Actually I had heard it but forgotten all about it until I saw it mentioned on the evening newscast. I didn't do anything to celebrate Earth Day and I don't know a single person who changed anything they did today. It's just another meaningless day for most of us but if it is important to some people, that's great for them. I am not "Anti" Earth Day, it's just that for me and most of us it is meaningless. For those who take it seriously, then that's great for them.

    I conserve, I recycle, I am sympathetic to most reasonable environmental causes, I just do not care if this is Earth Day or not. We have too many "days" and "moments", but that's just my opinion.
    Ann Arbor is a city that loves its trees. We celebrated by planting even more trees. And some of us are wondering when the project to alter the Chestnut DNA to be blight free will be complete.
  • Democrat
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    There was a Youtube video posted a couple of years ago day that showed a crippled Vet struggling to stand in front of his wheel chair when the American flag was passing by during a Memorial Parade and very few of the onlookers didn't even have the courtesty to stand up from their lawn chairs or get off the curb or remove their hats as a sign of respect for the fallen soldiers. If you can't honor those who died for the right for you disrespect whomever you wish or for that fact any icon , well I guess your just to self centered to understand the word sacrifice.
  • Independent
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    johnnycee Wrote: There was a Youtube video posted a couple of years ago day that showed a crippled Vet struggling to stand in front of his wheel chair when the American flag was passing by during a Memorial Parade and very few of the onlookers didn't even have the courtesty to stand up from their lawn chairs or get off the curb or remove their hats as a sign of respect for the fallen soldiers. If you can't honor those who died for the right for you disrespect whomever you wish or for that fact any icon , well I guess your just to self centered to understand the word sacrifice.
    I can understand what you said; however not all bystanders are may be Americans; Do Mexicans have to honour our flag or soldiers. The other thing is this country is flooded with veterans; if I'm in the car and see all the tags of "veteran of ....." then I would go nuts to salut all of these.
  • Other Party
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    Dutch No one expects you to salute while you are in your car. I think johnny is talking about someone who attends a Memorial Day Parade. If a person chooses to attend a Memorial Day Parade, then I agree with him that those people should pay proper respect to the flag.

    No one HAS TO go to a Memorial Day Parade, but if a person goes he/she should act properly. But it's still a free country and people can show their respect, or not, and I don't think anybody is going to get arrested for remaining seated.
  • Independent
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    jamesn Wrote: Dutch No one expects you to salute while you are in your car. I think johnny is talking about someone who attends a Memorial Day Parade. If a person chooses to attend a Memorial Day Parade, then I agree with him that those people should pay proper respect to the flag.

    No one HAS TO go to a Memorial Day Parade, but if a person goes he/she should act properly. But it's still a free country and people can show their respect, or not, and I don't think anybody is going to get arrested for remaining seated.
    Yes you are right, however a lot of people are disgruntled with our government even a lot of veterans who are not cared of; so I can imagine that some of those people, slowly but surely think the hell with it, it is only show but totally fake. A flag or standing up does not take care of our veterans, that is what they think. Sorry to say NK and Hitler had a lot of parade's just to impress; it does not work that way. I see here kids with "flag" swimming trunks; they can swim it pee in it etc. who cares. But Our flag is holy so you can not pee in it, wow. No the flag is only a symbol but totally overdone here. It is our leaders who make this flag what it is, not just the design or material. So you should honor only what you believe in not a bunch of hypocrites who only "play" with you for their own benefit and not for your freedoms or a better life and wave flags and have parades only to keep you in a believing trance.
  • Other Party
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    Dutch I agree with you that a lot of people are disgruntled with our government. That is not new, it has been going on ever since we have had a government, long before you and I have been around.

    I thought the divisiveness got as bad as it could get under Bush, but now it seems to be just as bad again. I know it is not all about Bush or Obama, Congress deserves much if not most of the blame, but this nation is as divided as I can ever remember. I don't know how it can get much worse but it seems to be getting worse.

    Patriotic parades are for some people, and obviously not for others. That's a great thing about America, you can be patriotic or not, go to patriotic parades or choose to do other things. Thank goodness for that freedom.

    I have not seen any parades in this country to rival those of NK or Hitler. And, remember, our parades are VOLUNTARY, unlike some others.