Well many of us don't see the historical military equipment as glorifying war. I would much rather get a look at some this historical equipment that see more waving politicians tossing candy in the street for the kids to pick up and eat. What is next banning historical fire trucks because they glorify fires?<quoted text>
If you think I meant to say that the vets were not welcome you are mistaken. Our veterans do not receive enough of ANYTHING they might want or need in this country, let alone being welcome to march in a parade.
I am, however, trying to distinguish between two things: the military - and war. They are inexorably connected, of course, but we appear (to me, and to others with whom I have spoken) to have shifted our focus from honoring our noble vets to glorifying the history of our wars. They are two distinct and seperate realities. The parades have almost taken on the the appearance of being military equipment history museums.
The Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4th, was about many issues, but the main issue was how the people in this land needed to escape out from under the King of Great Britain and his oppressive rules, and become an independant state.
Each 4th, I read the Declaration. I am immensely grateful to live in the country that created it, and honored by those who defended it. But I am not fully at ease with the shift towards glorifying war.
To Mr. Garbarino: there were a lot of us that were glad that you brought some of your equipment back to the Larkspur Corte Madera parade this year. We look forward to seeing it there in future parades as well.