There are a few things that should NEVER be politicized. Memorial Day is just one of those things. I am heartily upset at both President Obama and Mitt Romney for taking a day of remembrance and turning it into campaign appearances. Both sides are at fault in this.
My father served in Vietnam, his father and uncles served in WWII and the Korean war, my brother served during Desert Storm and my nephew just returned from his second tour in Iraq. Each lost friends and I strongly feel that each was disrespected by the two candidates for President by their making political speeches instead of simply honoring the service of those who gave all for their country.
I can NEVER honor those who have stood in the gap between this great country and tyranny enough. Their sacrifice should never be taken for granted and most definitely never be politicized. I would never use a day for remembrance for personal gain in any way shape or form. So…for our President, who couldn’t even be bothered to attend the laying of the wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery for the first two years of his Presidency, to make what was purely a campaign speech at the Vietnam memorial yesterday is unacceptable. It is a slap in the face to the veterans who were there to visit their fallen brothers and sisters and were turned away so he could visit and make a stump speech.
Mitt Romney did no better on the opposite side of the country. He took the opportunity to honor those who sacrificed and the ones they left behind and turned it into a campaign stop. And John McCain should definitely know better. As a former POW in Vietnam, how could he dishonor his brothers and sisters in arms by helping a Presidential candidate campaign?
I find the behavior of both campaigns utterly disgusting. Both insulted the memories of all those who served so valiantly on OUR behalf. Never should Memorial Day ceremonies meant to honor those who gave their all be politicized in such a way. Shame on both campaigns and especially the candidates who should know better than to turn a day of remembrance into a campaign day!