Veterans Day

I am not a Veteran. I do not know how it feels to be a Veteran. I honor our Veterans though. I admire, appreciate, and hold them in the highest esteem. A day of honor for those who have risked their lives for us and fought for our freedom is a day we should be only honoring our Veterans. So, why do I then see, “Macy’s 60% off Veteran’s Day sale.” Why do I hear, “ I’m just so glad it is a 4 day week!” Why do I see commercial after commercial offering “deals” on this day that is supposed to honor our Veterans? You can buy a car for 1/3 of it’s original price! You can buy your engagement ring for 25% off! 

Am I the only one who finds this repulsive? 

Am I the only one who finds this completely disgraceful to the men and women who have served our country?

It seems like a big slap in the face. We care enough about you to give you your own day! Now let’s monopolize on this by giving people the day off of work and offering half price to everything on the market because what we REALLY care about is making money. Right? Isn’t that what is basically happening here?

I see no honor in this. 

I for one will not be cashing in on the suffering, the fight, the loss, the PTSD, the freedom we have because of these men and women who have fought for me on Veterans Day. 

I will be honoring our Veterans! 

15 thoughts on “Veterans Day

  1. Yes! Veterans Day has long been a trigger for me. Marketing off of the pain and sacrifice of others and highlighting or accepting only one kind of trauma. I’ve wrestled with it each year as I have veterans in my family who I love and respect as well as family impacted by generational trauma. I wonder if it’s troubling to think someday other kinds of trauma would become a coupon?

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  2. We don’t have a Veterans Day here … the closest thing to it is ANZAC day, and they do the same thing … “50% off; day off work” etc. I don’t like it either, it’s disrespectful.

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  3. I am a veteran, although I never served in any war-like conditions. I have a lot of respect for those who did, and a huge sympathy for those who have ended up with PTSD or other disabilities as a result of their service.

    The sort of crass commercialism you are describing sickens me, but I am also fairly critical of public displays of gratitude towards veterans when this isn’t backed up by any concrete action. Anyone can say pretty words and wave flags. But what are people doing to *actually* help?

    But I have very mixed feelings about similar celebrations in my own country for another reason: I was raped by an officer when I was an undergraduate student in a military-sponsored scheme and had only recently moved on base. I was too new to the system to know what to do, so I basically did nothing and just tried to forget about it. It was the least distressing of the rapes I have experienced in my life but it still left its mark, including a traumatic memory related to that rape coming up in the context of childbirth. This sort of trauma is not one that people tend to acknowledge as being associated with military service. I know that I felt like a fraud for struggling with my own problems when I compared myself to the veterans with “real” PTSD that I met when I tried volunteering to help organise craft activities for a veterans’ support group. Public holidays like ANZAC Day bring up some fond memories of my time in the military, but I also feel excluded in a way that is hard to explain to other people.

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    • I am so so sorry all of that happened to you. I can see why today would be a very difficult day.
      I agree about waving flags but not really doing anything to help. There is a lot of talk and not a lot of action.
      I am really glad you spoke about this rape in the military because i know it happens and yet I rarely hear it spoken about. It should not be kept a secret and it took a lot, I am sure, for you to speak about it now. We have PTSD for different reasons and you are no fraud I can tell you that!!!!!

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