Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Destruction of Solemn Tranquility

I always watch the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. I guess I feel it’s my duty to take time to remember all the dead people who are buried there and why. Yesterday the first shot I saw of the cemetery was just before full sunrise and a soft grey mist hung just over the headstones. It was eerie and yet peaceful. The next showing of the cemetery was later in the day at the tomb of the unknowns. Everything was bathed in warm sunlight and I heard birds singing. Little birds, perhaps sparrows, singing and singing. So beautiful the sound, so sad the place.

Then a voice announced that Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush would be in attendance at this sad, sad event. The sound of their names was like a sharp knife slicing through the tranquil emotional experience. My thoughts asked, how can they have the nerve to soil and disgrace this moment? How can they show their face here today? They know they are personally responsible for the fresh mounds of dirt that mark another life lost because of what they have done?

Then they walked in front of the camera. Rumsfeld actually smiled and waved to someone in the crowd. I’m quietly screaming, this is not a parade you bastard. This is a fucking memorial to dead people who died because you didn’t know how to do your job correctly. This isn’t about you, this is because of you and others like you.

Then george bush walked into the picture. Where did he get the nerve? He went through the ceremonial laying of the wreath with such a serious look on his face. He bowed his head in what he wanted us to believe was prayer. I wonder. Perhaps he was praying, praying that if there is a god he might one day be forgiven for what he has done. I doubt it.

Then there was the playing of taps. One of the most heart-wrenching sounds man has created. Damn straight, I cried.

Following all this, there were speeches by Pace, Rumsfeld and bush. I have no recall of what Pace said. I heard Rumsfeld speak of Flight 93 and some other equally inappropriate babble. Bush spoke of the those who are “sleeping” in the graves. I silently screamed, they aren’t sleeping you asshole, they are dead. He also spoke of the “fallen”. I again mentally screamed, they didn’t fall you asshole, they were killed. Over two hundred of the dead are there because you opted for a war that killed them. You can’t cover up a grave with pretty words.

After these speeches were given I didn’t hear the birds sing again. If they were singing I couldn’t hear them over the den of anger in my head. Damn it! Damn the voices and words that destroyed the song of the little birds. Damn them for the dishonor they cast upon this place of final peace. Damn the men who caused the destruction of that solemn tranquility.

27 Comments:

Blogger spadoman said...

PoP.....I feel your anguish. Yes, the nerve of these "leaders" to come out in public. And you are greatfully acknowledged for caring and having some sense of what the day really means to Americans.

Now, imagine the anguish of the young soldier, who has blood on his hands and has watched his brother die in his arms, and then finds out the truth.

May 30, 2006 4:41 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

We have a public "memorial" service each year - all the local politicians gather. I skipped it even though a couple of them are decent people and I'll probably vote for them.

It's not the right time for that sort of show.

I took the girls later in the afternoon and we had our own little remambrance.

May 30, 2006 5:00 AM  
Blogger Rainbow Demon said...

I agree, POP.
Bush couldn't even set the wreath up right. What an idiot...

All that chatter about what...?
They don't even get it.

Peace,
=RD=

May 30, 2006 5:14 AM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

You're not alone, PoP. We all feel your anger. Loved your description of how Arlington "felt" just before the ass-clown parade showed up.

May 30, 2006 5:22 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

Thanks for your comment. The younger ones attend the Friday night vigils with me from time to time, each with their little candle.

I'm sure not perfect but I can try to teach by example (or corrupt them early depending on one's viewpoint).

Their take on the women's "monument" blew me away. They knew it wasn't fair. Good for them.

May 30, 2006 5:45 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Rummy, Bushco, Cheney - they can't get it - they only shoot at things that were bred to be killed.

Killing and being killed in a strange and horrific place is for cannon fodder. And ya gotta go lay a wreath once a year for them, it's a good photo op - shows you care for the troops. You know, the ones who were bred for...

(the bastards!)

May 30, 2006 5:48 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

I don't know which is worse, watching that, or going down to the town square like I did to see everyone getting piss drunk watching some redneck band play, not hearing the whine of a stray bullit in every guitar bend, and the crackle of automatic fire in every snare drum roll.

May 30, 2006 6:00 AM  
Blogger JM said...

How sad that these bozos can't restrain their impulse to politicize everything they touch. You'd think that for a moment they could exhibit a little respect, restraint and class.

May 30, 2006 6:03 AM  
Blogger windspike said...

Patricia, most excellent post and points abound. When you wonder:"He bowed his head in what he wanted us to believe was prayer. I wonder..." I think he was probably thinking thusly: "Gee, should we get spicy of mild salsa on our burritos after this?"

...or I could be wrong, perhaps he was on his direct connection line with God to ask God to fix this shitty situation he let GW put us in....which, by the way, why whould god let this happen if he really did have a direct connection with GWBush?

May 30, 2006 7:08 AM  
Blogger windspike said...

Ps. PoP, you win my best writing of the weekend award. I linked up. Hope you don't mind.

May 30, 2006 7:13 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

Patricia,

Then a voice announced that Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush would be in attendance at this sad, sad event. The sound of their names was like a sharp knife slicing through the tranquil emotional experience. My thoughts asked, how can they have the nerve to soil and disgrace this moment? How can they show their face here today? They know they are personally responsible for the fresh mounds of dirt that mark another life lost because of what they have done?

They have no shame.

May 30, 2006 7:22 AM  
Blogger eProf2 said...

We need more singing birds and less wars. All day yesterday, I kept thinking about all the hollow talk of "freedom" and those who shout the word the loudest over the graves of those who were sent to fight Bush's call for revenge. Iraq isn't about freedom, it's about revenge!

May 30, 2006 9:49 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Good post. The most meaningful ceremonies over the weekend took place in small cemeteries across the country. Our local station showed a father standing by the grave of his son who was killed last year in Iraq. It was heartbreaking to watch that man cry and hear the anguish in his voice, but it was also real - more real than the show they staged at Arlington.

May 30, 2006 12:48 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

PoP- You are good people. I too get the feeling that it doesn't register with these people that these are children, sisters, brothers and parents. Real human beings laying in this cemetery who's lives are not to be taken lightly. They just go through the motions with no feeling or compassion.

May 30, 2006 3:09 PM  
Blogger C.S. said...

Good post POP.

Something a lot of us feel and have a hard time verbalizing.

I think of the hundreds of thousands of people flocking to the beaches for a fun day with not a care or a thought for the reason for this holiday.

When their own family members become victims to the government arrogance, perhaps then we will once again have protestors in the streets that believe in peace rather than a reason to party.

ANARCHY!

May 30, 2006 3:26 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Shrub hasn't a clue as to the pain and suffering he's caused for so many people; and I doubt he will ever feel any true empathy. His whole life has been insulated by his "status". If he hadn't had that status, he'd BE one of those graves in Arlington today, cause he's WAY too stupid to have gotten through Nam alive.

May 30, 2006 6:47 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

You caught the glad handing by rumsfeld. The idea of turning that event into a political opportunity to acknowledge friends and supporters with a wave and handshake was disgusting!

May 30, 2006 7:37 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

When Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld look at dead soldiers all they see are dollar signs.

May 30, 2006 7:46 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

After I came back from Nam for shore duty (I was in the Navy) my barracks were directly across from Arlington National Cemetery. To this day, I consider that a privilege. Politicans back then pulled the same bullshit Bush did. I was a little emotionally "messy" after Nam, and I used to go over there, pick a private spot, and smoke dope until I was stoned to sleep. I spent many, many overnights in that cemetery trying to figure out what it all meant. Thanks for still caring.

May 30, 2006 9:50 PM  
Blogger a rose is a rose said...

i had to leave the words of pete seeger here:

Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
Girls have picked them every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young girls gone?
Taken husbands every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young men gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young men gone?
Gone for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Covered with flowers every one
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

May 31, 2006 2:43 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Great post missy.

May 31, 2006 3:03 AM  
Blogger shutterwi said...

PoP
I've worn out the volume button on our remote control by tuning out any spoken word from bush&co.

May 31, 2006 4:11 AM  
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