Memorial Day reflection

May 27th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Yesterday was Memorial Day. Some 4000 lives lost in Iraq some five years later, and most of us here in the U.S. still don’t see or feel any tangible benefit. I certainly don’t feel any safer, and the latest reports on military readiness aren’t very reassuring either.

While reading through the news yesterday, I found this opinion piece co-authored by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard explaining why we need a monument in downtown Los Angeles to honor the 40 Latino Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Los Angeles, one of the cities with the largest Latino populations in the US, would be a great place for such a monument because so many young Angelenos commit themselves to the military. Furthermore, in the current war in Iraq, Latino soldiers are over-represented in the front lines. Our young men and women are given some of the most dangerous assignments, risking their lives and limbs.

The Obregon Congressional Medal of Honor monument will honor the heroic efforts of Marine Private First Class Eugene Obregon, an Angeleno who saved his fellow Marine buddy’s life in the Korean War, along with the other Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients. The monument will stand 20 feet high in the shape of a pyramid in acknowledgement of pre-Columbian natives. I don’t often see monuments honoring our American heros. If you have ever read Lies Across America, you will become aware of how much information is missing and misleading on many of our existing public monuments and markers.

A monument like this is a great start in acknowledging the achievements and sacrifices of Latino soldiers, but an even better honor would be an expanded G.I. Bill (take note how John McCain opposes the current bill that just passed the Senate).

Tags: Iraq War · John McCain

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bearguez // May 28, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Don’t you think our tax dollars could’ve been used for something more instrumental to our social class advancement? What about financial vouchers to pay off college tuition? What about classes for specialized job training? Why are our Latino politicians so small-minded and self-serving that they believe things like this will keep our mouths shut? We want the same opportunities that Kevin I’m So White has!

  • 2 yave begnet // May 28, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I don’t know that building another monument to war is a step in the right direction. Nezua has some thoughts on this also.

  • 3 Michaelr // May 28, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    When is the last time Lucille Royal-Allard walked around her district and witnessed the economic disparity repressing the local population? It sounds like she’s taken several pages out of Working Joe Baca’s playbook and dumbed down her approach to creating real political solutions. What’s next? A monument to her father?

  • 4 webmaster // May 29, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Yave Begnet, you are right. There is no place for more war related monuments. And now that I look at this picture again with the gun pointing, etc. I find myself more troubled.

    For me, the more positive thing is that Latino soldiers are finally being recognized. For a population that is underrepresented in colleges, universities, the judiciary, etc., they certainly pour their blood on the battlefield. And for what real reward?

    Personally, I don’t think that we will ever stop making these types of memorials or monuments, at least not while our country is geared to go to war. The whole Iraq War is more about profiteering than it is about bringing any “freedom” to the Iraqi people.

    As for Roybal-Allard, there are plenty of buildings in LA named after her father… no need to build any monuments in my opinion.

  • 5 DoctorH // Jun 1, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    This Congressperson, Lucille Roybal-Allard is not very productive. She has sponsored only 52 bills since 1993. By comparison, Hilda Solis has sponsored 67 bills since 2001. Although she hasn’t embarrassed herself along the standards of Loretta Sanchez, she still needs to focus on improving her voting record and producing legislation relevant to her district.

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