In these times of polarized, pugnacious pundits of doom and gloom, it strikes me that the finest most honorable tribute to our fallen warriors would be a month of silence. commencing today and running two weeks after Memorial Day, so as to fully memorialize the depth of the meaning of the day, beyond a 3 day vacation bash.
Naturally one would not retreat as a monk, but the silence I envision would be a nationwide fasting from all political opinion and identity politics—none of which ever exist on a battlefield. Turn off all talk radio and cable news for 30 days in respect for the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the very existence of those entities. Show the world that we are united as Americans first, not because we have an opinion that trumps our neighbors. Loud opinions in combat are a security risk. So lets for one month imagine we are in combat for the soul of America and silence ourselves, knowing that we will not shrivel up without a pronounced proclamation of our position on the state of nation. That would sound trumpets of respect for the fallen warriors.
“Homo lupus Homini.” Man is wolf to man. We must find a way to mute the mounting rude and ruthless incivility that has become acceptable and oddly laudable. It is said that, “evil thrives on resistance,” making silence the only antidote to the chaotic cacophony that is subsuming the nation. The last degenerate Emperor of Rome in 509 heard the same angry wailing on the way out.
War shows no sign of lessening. From the Peloponnesian Wars. to the Crusades through the French Revolution, two World Wars, endless Revolutions amongst nation states, to the ongoing undeclared wars of assimilation in Korea , Vietnam and now 15 years in the tribal quagmires of the return of Ottoman Empire, , there has always been a dislike of the unlikes. Whites against blacks. Christians and Jews, Muslims and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Irish and British. Yet, in all my years, I have not witnessed such a brutal inhumanity to our own. All being aggrandized by a voyeuristic media.
The only First Amendment antidote to this calamity of voices that are not folding into anything fruitful or formative for posterity, is silence.
“Only the dead know the end of war.” Plato
In honor of Memorial Day 2016, lets imitate the deceased with our silence, they may hear such a tribute.
The 18th annual “An Evening Affair” was held March 6 at the Mall of Victor Valley.
This is the Victor Valley Chamber’s signature event, showcasing the finest cuisine of the Victor Valley, as well as art, music and wine tasting.
Some of the awesome businesses that participated this year included the Brass Pickle Deli, Community Room at Holiday Inn, Cross Eyed Cow Pizza, Desert Barn Brewery, Edible Arrangements, El Pescador, Giuseppe’s, High Desert Catering, Mavericks, Itchy Foot BBQ, M Cupcakes, Marie Callender’s, Menchie’s, Oggie’s, Panda Express, Piegraph Pizzeria, Reflections Catering, Steak N Shake, Tilted Kilt, Vitelli’s Deli, Coca-Cola, D’Vine Wine Bar, Golden Road, Hangar 24, Jarritos Soda, Karl Strauss, Oak Hills Brewing, Ritual Brewing, Starbucks, and Stella Artois.
Presented by Auto Park Valley Center, the event provides an elegant night out with business associates and friends to network, relax and socialize.
The Victor Valley Chamber contact number is (760) 245-6506, or visit www.vvchamber.com
Baseball, history and a living hero from World War II will all come together April 22 for one special night.
The critically acclaimed film “American Pastime” tells the story of Japanese-Americans interned in a relocation camp during World War II. A special viewing of the film will be held Friday, April 22 at the Serrano Performing Arts Center in Phelan (High School 9292 Sheep Creek Road, Phelan, CA 92371.). The special screening will also honor Bob Izumi, who was in an internment camp before volunteering for the 101st Airborne Division and fighting in Europe, including at the Battle of Bastogne in World War II. Mr. Izumi later saw combat in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. The producer of American Pastime, writer, author, and historian Kerry Yo Nakagawa will also attending the screening.
“The highlight of the night is our guest of honor Robert “Bob” Izumi who along with his Japanese-American family, was interred at Manzanar Relocation Camp,” said organizer Todd Anton, a teacher, historian and author. “In spite of that, Mr. Izumi enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought in the famed 101st Airborne’s 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment made famous in HBOs Band of Brothers series in WWII. Mr. Izumi continued to serve fighting again in Korea, Vietnam, and in Panama. He is an American hero.”
To view a trailer of “American Pastime,” click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5rkcIl0LEA
Tickets are $10 and are available at the door and at Desert Community Bank in Phelan, 4895 Phelan Road, Phelan while supplies last. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.) at Serrano High School’s Performing Arts Center, 9292 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan.