Jay Evensen: On Memorial Day, look beyond the fog of war

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  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 26, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    Lets respect the vets and not play politics. Meaning, lets not merely cheerlead when our boy is in the White House and merely go along with whatever he wants. A lot more young men and women would be alive today had more people thought about the consequences of invading Iraq instead of merely going along with the program and cheerleading their president because he was republican or Christian. I for one value life over politics.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 24, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    I think the biggest thing we can remember from this was for a period of time, young me, republican and democrat, married and single, southerner and yankee, black - white - hispanic -christian and jew, put aside all those identities, and did what was right for the country.

    Lets us hope that the current generation will be able to rise above petty differences, and focus on keeping America a shinning light on a hill - and competitive. After all, at the end of the day, we are all Americans, much more so than those things we choose to allow separate us.

    We shouldn't need a global war (or a 9/11 like event) to bring Americans together...

  • bluecollar Kearns, UT
    May 24, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    It is good to remember the sacrifices of our service men and women. A better way to memorialize them is to join them in making sacrifices. Want to honor our soldiers? Help pay for their efforts. It's one thing to open your heart and cherish the efforts others have made. Another way to honor them is to open your checkbook. We should encourage our political leaders to impose a war tax surcharge (like the 10% surcharge we contributed to pay for the Vietnam War). As Lyndon Johnson said: "In truth, it is a call to the sense of obligation felt by all Americans. The inconveniences this demand imposes are small when measured against the contribution of a Marine on patrol in a sweltering jungle, or an airman flying through perilous skies, or a soldier 10 thousand miles from home, waiting to join his outfit on the line."

  • BroJoseph Ogden, UT
    May 23, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    Theres an obvious difference between Sacrifice" and "Freedom"
    We respect the sacrifices of many, yet sadly obscured by the fog of politicians who mandate unwarranted conflict. Many innocent lives sacrificed both military and civilian because of greed, power and monetary gain. Where is the Freedom gained from the wars of Korea,Vietnam,Granda,Iraq? How many were sacrificed for an agenda of which there was no out come for Freedom or Security? In the case of a world war,Sacrifice is warranted and justified to gain the Freedom for all. But Conflicts of fear and pretense are never justified and so called freedom and sacrifice are means to a corrupt policy and its administrators. Lest we Forget..Freedom and Scarifice can only be maintained by our Creator..without Him our valour is as granite on a tomb and a faded ribbon.
    Patriotism is a substitute and a counterfeit replacing "Duty to God"

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 23, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    I need to share a story. Last time EAA's Aluminum Overcast was in Ogden, there was an old man in a wheelchair whose family took him out to touch the airplane. Someone explained that he had been a waist gunner in a 17 during the war. Someone else asked a family member if the old man would be riding the plane that day.

    When the man was told that the oldster would not be riding, the younger man offered to give his ticket to the family so the older man could go for a ride.

    But when the family asked him, he declined. He said, "No, I just wanted to see one of these things again. I took one ride, and one ride was enough."

    He explained that on his first mission over Germany, his plane had been shot down. He was the only crew member who survived and spent some years in a POW camp.

    Another time the plane was here, another old man did go for a ride. When he got off, he remarked, "Y'know, it really felt wonderful to fly in a B-17 again. And this time I wasn't TERRIFIED."

    Imagine the courage it took!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 23, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    Next weekend, the Experimental Aircraft Association's B-17 will be visiting the Ogden airport.

    A 20 minute ride is $400, but it's worth every penny.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    Great article, Jay. My father was too old to be a combatant in WWII, but he worked on the B-17 and other war birds. His love of country and admiration for those who put their lives at risk to battle the Nazi and Japanese regimes was evident. We have enduring gratitude for the sacrifices of the Greatest Generation.