Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day observance in Framingham

We attended as always the Memorial Day service at the Memorial building, this year, inside the great hall. Like many, many of the years past, only a few people attend. Eliminating the Girl Scouts and their parents, there may have been only 40 people. There were a few City Councilors there, G King, A Steiner, M. Cannon, P. Richardson and hypocrite Giombetti and Rossi. It's laughable to hear Giombetti speak about 2 Nam Vets her knew from Town who died in Vietnam, when he never supported the effort the fly the POW MIA flag at the Town Hall. The Mayor made a nice speech and we all missed Chris Walsh at this years event.
All the years I've been here I've always lamented over the lack of public participation and the lack of veterans that don't show up. We supposedly have 2000 vets in Town. Years ago, Abby Anderson was the only Nam Vet that would show up in full dress and carried a flag during the very brief march they used to do in front of the Town Hall.
I'm always saddened to see how little the general population cares about today and the sacrifices so many Americans have made on our behalf. For the record, I lost a cousin in Vietnam in 1966, Jerry Dean Pillsbury, Marine Corps, PFC, F CO, 2ND BN, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV, KIA Quang Tri Province.

5 Comments:

At May 29, 2018 at 8:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, Maybe the fact you lost a relative makes you more aware of the importance of Memorial Day. I asked my 9 yr old grandson yesterday at a cook out what Memorial Day meant, and he said it was a day for everyone to have a cook out. What does that say about what we are teaching our grandchildren?

 
At May 29, 2018 at 8:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are a nation that has lost its way. If we dpn't study history, then we can't learn from it. So many today don't talk about or remember the wars we have fought. We need to bring civic education back

 
At May 30, 2018 at 5:18 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

You make a good point Anon 1. My Grand-kids except one are oblivious. It's hard for me to get their parents on board with any civic responsibility and one son-in-law was a marine. They've heard me talk about my work with the POW MIA issue, my dad in WW 11, but don't get why they should even care. It drives me nuts to see such apathy.

Anon 2 has the right thought, bring back civic classes. Have Veterans teach one class on War and why kids have to pay their respect to those who have died in them.

 
At June 1, 2018 at 4:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the idea of civic education coming back but we don't have to wait for that to have Veterans share their experience. The library or the LWV could sponsor a program where Veterans share their knowledge with people. Someone could set this up even at the schools I think.

 
At June 1, 2018 at 7:27 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

good idea.. I know someone at the League

 

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