Why not a parade for veterans?

President Trump is planning a Veteran's Day parade in Washington. The Answer Coalition and other groups are opposing the plan and asking others to "mobilize against Trump's war parade." A Facebook post suggested writing Washington city officials and urging them not to issue a permit for the parade. Answer Coalition's web site calls Trump's plan "an outrage! It is an obscene glorification of war and a criminal waste of urgently needed money."

What's so outrageous about staging a parade to honor our military personnel and veterans? Today it's not unusual to hear someone say to a soldier or veteran, "Thank you for your service." When I hear such comments, I think it's a good thing – but I must admit that I also feel a little resentment.

I served in the Navy during the Vietnam war, although I was never deployed to Vietnam. We were viewed and treated quite differently than soldiers and sailors are treated today. I certainly never heard, "Thank you for your service." One day I was in uniform, walking down the street in D.C. A young woman walked up to me, called me a baby killer, and spit in my face.

If you don't like our President, write him a letter and let him know why. Don't take it out on our miltary personnel and veterans. Let them have their day and their parade in November. Give them the honor and respect that their service to our country deserves.

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