Here's a sobering chart:
The Philippine-American War lasted for 14 years?!? Does anyone know what we were fighting for?
However, whatever you think about war, I believe we have to honor those that did their duty in one cause or another. I doubt they all wanted to be there (if any of them did) and yet they did it.
Please spare a thought or a prayer for those who are still in harm's way. It seems the demand for sacrifice will never end.
I don't want to be too maudlin, so here's a different view of the same garden that has all the flags.
Last, but not least, here is my favorite charity to help all military folks: