Recap from Homefront 911

Recap from Homefront 911 August 7, 2011

I was at the Old Church in Portland for this event.

Roger and the lovely Jean came out. Thank you. So great to see you both.

Don’ t you just love it when we get to meet up in for real life?  (Still looking forward to that moment when I met the folks across the Big Pond.)

It was an evening filled with stories that need to be heard, especially by those who don’t serve, who have never served, whose lives are seemingly not impacted at all by war, except for the taxes they shell out.

So that they know what only a handful of people seem to realize.

America is not at war — the U.S. Military is. One-half of one percent of our population.

The real difference between previous wars and Iraq and Afghanistan?

That great equalizer — the Draft.

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  • Karen:
    Great to see you Friday, and thanks for adding your Gold Star presence to the evening. In a way, your picture tells the sadder parts of the story. Far too many empty seats. It’s ironic that the telling of these military families’ stories should take place in a church that no longer is one. It’s a church building but not a church community.

    There is a fundamental immorality in a nation’s burdens that are not owned and shared by all. There is perhaps a deeper immorality in the grief of a few that is not shared by all. A few weeks ago, I wrote to the local newspaper. They printed my suggestion that the current information published about each American casualty include something else: the NUMBER OF DEPLOYMENTS. After the news of yesterday, I will write again. This time, not as a suggestion but as a demand. It would give us a bit more insight into the burden borne by families. Maybe.

    But then, since most Americans don’t subscribe to or read newspapers anymore…

    There is an immorality in grief unshared. And we’ve designed and waged these wars to do precisely that: keep the burden out of sight.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Much truth in your words, as usual, Roger.

  • Wish I could have come. Thought of you…