Sunday, November 11, 2007

Tribute to American Veterans - Remembering America's Fallen

Today is Veteran's Day, when we honor all American soldiers who have given their lives in battle. The photo above was taken yesterday, in Paris. Gathered above is a group of students who are demonstrating for justice in their home country, Pakistan. I cannot think of a finer tribute to those men from World War I and World War II who rest eternally in French soil than this picture. Without their sacrifice, France would not be free, and these students would not have the right to express their views in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

It is unlikely that these students are thinking of that sacrifice. Some of the signs are uncomfortably anti-American. But it is those signs that are the greatest tribute of all, a living testament to the right of the Free to speak out against their government without hesitation or fear of reprisal.

3 Comments:

Blogger Praguetwin said...

Good post and good points.

Isn't Veteran's day tomorrow? It has been so long since I lived in the states.....

I'll be you enjoyed Sarkozy's visit.

Nov 11, 2007, 5:13:00 AM  
Blogger Publia said...

Except that I did the post as I fell asleep and there were some embarassing errors! I am suffering that you saw them.

Veteran's Day is always the 11th day of the 11th month, based on the World War I armistice which also was at the 11th hour. When the concept of the "three day holiday weekend" came into vogue, Armistice Day, which by this time had become Veteran's Day, became one of those holidays. This year, the Federal holiday is November 12.

Last year, when I visited the American Cemetery in Normandy, surrounded by American dead, somewhat disturbed that France would not stand with us in the current fight for freedom, I realized that France's right to do so was a precious one.

I loved Sarkozy's visit. His are sentiments expressed by France for the first time in my life, and a refreshing change. I can't imagine France will put up with it for long!

Nov 11, 2007, 9:55:00 AM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

I can't imagine France will put up with it for long!

That is exactly what I was thinking. Thanks for the explanation.

Nov 12, 2007, 5:21:00 PM  

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