Honor the Sacrifice

From the AFL-CIO

The working men and women of the AFL‑CIO join the Union Veterans Council to wish all a safe Memorial Day weekend. This is a time to respect and remember those who gave their lives for the bedrock freedoms we cherish.

Let’s resolve to honor their sacrifice by redoubling our efforts to secure and make real those freedoms for every worker in America, so working people can win new economic rules built on broadly shared prosperity.

Union members have a historic bond with veterans. Many of our modern trade unions were founded by war veterans who returned home and then banded together for the collective power to win fair pay and good benefits. Over the generations, each wave of veterans has renewed that bond, and the same is true today.

The chances are good that each one of us know, work with or otherwise have a connection to at least one person who has lost a friend or family member to war.

So as we enjoy a cookout or spend time with family and friends, let’s pause in respect. Nothing can prepare a person for the terrible realities, the personal loss and the enduring pain of war.

Memorial Day is sacred, and its truest meaning can never adequately be put into words. Yet we can honor our veterans by fighting for full funding for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and supporting efforts to train and employ our veterans for good union jobs.

Twenty veterans die from suicide every day, which experts say is in part due to an economy where working people can’t get ahead.

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Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre has had better weeks. First came the horrific early August slaughters in California, Texas, and Ohio that left dozens dead, murders that elevated public pressure on the NRA’s hardline against even the mildest of moves against gun violence. Then came revelations that LaPierre — whose labors on behalf of the nonprofit NRA have made him a millionaire many times over — last year planned to have his gun lobby group bankroll a 10,000-square-foot luxury manse near Dallas for his personal use. In response, LaPierre had his flacks charge that the NRA’s former ad agency had done the scheming to buy the mansion. The ad agency called that assertion “patently false” and related that LaPierre had sought the agency’s involvement in the scheme, a request the agency rejected. The mansion scandal, notes the Washington Post, comes as the NRA is already “contending with the fallout from allegations of lavish spending by top executives.”

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