Monday, May 26, 2008


No marching music today, no rattling sabers, no war drums, no flatulent military brass. This is Marvin Gaye, in a long out-of-print film, "Save the Children" (1973). This is our Memorial Day Music.

Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today

Father, father
We don't need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate

"We honor our war dead this Memorial Day weekend. The greatest respect we could pay them would be to pledge no more wars for erroneous and misleading reasons; no more killing and wounding except for the defense of our country and our freedoms."

--Bill Moyers

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