Memorial Day serves as a reminder that “beneath the beauty of the lilies lies the ugliness of war.” The James Carroll metaphor perfectly captures the deepest meaning of war, and of all the things lost because of it.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
A majority of Americans have never served in the Armed Forces. Their understanding of military service and war comes from how the news media reports our wars. Television, movies, video war games distort their view of war. Unlike previous wars, restrictions on publishing certain images of war and inadequate media coverage sanitize war in a way that creates ignorance of horrors of war, and what combat veterans face when they return home.