21 May

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Veterans symbolically discard service medals at anti-NATO rally

(Source: Reuters)

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Nearly 50 U.S. military veterans at an anti-NATO rally in Chicago threw their service medals into the street on Sunday, an action they said symbolized their rejection of the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some of the veterans, many wearing military uniform shirts over black anti-war t-shirts, choked back tears as they explained their actions. Others folded an American flag while a bugle played “Taps,” which is typically performed at U.S. military funerals.

“The medals are supposed to be for acts of heroism. I don’t feel like a hero. I don’t feel like I deserve them,” said Zach LaPorte, who served in Iraq in 2005 and 2006.

LaPorte, a 28-year-old mechanical engineer from Milwaukee, said he enlisted in the Army at 19 because he felt there were few other options. At the time, he could…

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  1. roughseasinthemed May 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    That is such an emotive post.

    • fringewalk May 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Reminds me of that soldier in Farenheight 9/11. When he was asked if he was going to stay in the army after Iraq, he said no, and when asked why, he said something like ‘I don’t wanna kill any more poor people’.

      It’s nothing and something really.

      I often fantasize about a day when every single person on the planet refuses to participate in war, the day when all of humanity has a shift in conciousness.

      This is a teeny tiny step toward that :))

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