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Reader's view: Memorial Day events point out tragedy of war

I watched the Memorial Day concert from D.C. a few weeks ago, and shortly after that I watched a delightful, very moving memorial video a friend sent on the computer.

In the D.C. audience were a number of disabled veterans, some with awful disabling burdens. There are thousands and thousands more like them around the country — and in the ground.

It got me thinking about the magnitude of the human tragedy of thousands of noble, decent young men and women through millennia who have died or suffered terrible wounds and disabilities trying to protect the world from the vile, evil vermin that pop up from time to time to wreak cruel havoc on mankind for their own benefit and glory or in pursuit of some bizarre, warped, insane ideology.

Will it ever end?

Joe Just