Balloons not Bombs

When I was younger I had the opportunity to travel the world on a tour with the DOD. Touring with the DOD meant spending a lot of time on military bases. This was some years ago back before the war we’re in now. At that time I was pretty na√Øve and assumed anyone in the military must be a gung-ho war-loving ape. Of course what I discovered was most of the young people were in the military because they wanted to give something back to their country, or they needed money for college, or just felt it was the only option if they wanted to feed their family and maybe get a little ahead in life. I did not meet one soldier in the service that was there because he wanted to fight.

It was then that I realized they were just like you and me, regular folks just trying to get by as best they could. This of course completely changed my view of the military; it put a face to all those soldiers. They were no longer the gun-toting morons I had foolishly assumed them to be, they were my neighbors, the guy bagging my groceries, the woman waiting with me at the bus stop; they were my brothers and sisters.

I’ve never been to war. I’ve never had to experience the horrors of war first hand. All I’ve ever seen is the homogenized version we get on TV and in the newspaper. I can’t begin to imagine the things that those fighting, and the ones stuck in the embattled areas are going through. I can’t blink my eyes and make the war go away.

I try and do what I can to bring an end to the violence. There are many fine organizations out there trying to do just that. I can also pray for peace and the safety of all those people that are in harm’s way.

You would be surprised at what the smallest gesture can accomplish. Like releasing a balloon for peace during the Hiroshima Day Balloon Release for World Peace. It takes place today at 4:15PM.

Click here for the details.

2 Comments so far

  1. Barry Spence (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 11:28 am

    Hey, thanks for helping out with the Hiroshima Day Balloon Release for World Peace. Every little bit helps. There are pics of my family’s release from atop Rocky Butte here: if anyone wants to see them.

    Thanks much. Next year will be even bigger.

    Peace & Love,

  2. Jonpaul (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

    You’re welcome and thanks for stopping by.
    Cool pics! :-)

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