When I was a child, when Memorial Day was still Decoration Day and
Veterans Day was still Armistice Day, we bought red paper poppies from
veterans and wore them on our coats as we watched the parade. There were
soldiers from WWI and WWII -- and maybe even some from the Spanish-
American war. There were cars filled with Gold Star Mothers. And now there
are so many more veterans and Gold Star families. As I honor and
remember, I feel sad that we have not learned that war is not the answer.
Last updated February 17, 2014