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Why All The Glory?

Date Posted: 2000-08-04

I would like to respond to a letter I read today. "Why All This War Glory On Tv?". We as Americans honor our war heroes for what they accomplished and sacrificed. We are not glorifying war by honoring our heroes. Our Medal Of Honor commercials, are our way of recognizing them. Most Americans wish they could do more than just a commercial. Many Americans will agree with me that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was a very well planned and carried out operation. Which was planned, and considered by many, an expert strategist . Admiral Yamamoto. We don't try to cover up that the bombing happened. We learn and study it in American schools. We use what we learned in W.W.II and apply it in today's operations. We don't try to cover up the fact that it happened. What does the flag raising on Iwo Jima mean to you? For us its victory, for the Japanese its defeat. Why try to cover up the sun with one finger and try to ignore the fact that it never existed?

What did Japan do to its war heroes. I will tell you, they shunned and outcaste them when they were no longer needed when the war ended. Take the highest ranking Japanese Naval Flying Ace. Saburo Sakai. What happened to him after the war ? He was outcast by his own people because he was disabled. What kind of honor is this? The man gave his sight for Japan. Did he get any honors for his services to his mother country? My point is, Americans honor our fallen men and women. If the History Channel or the AFN commercials bother you, don't watch. I will continue to watch and teach my children our history. This won't make them hate the Japanese or want to go to war. But, to respect the freedom that they have for the sacrifices of others.

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