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Goya's Los Desastres de la Guerra, plate #44:

Yo lo vi, "I saw it." Indeed.

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I know we have Veteran's Day in November, but its origins are more celebratory. From what I can tell, Memorial Day sprung from the same impulse as Armistice Day: not to glorify the warmakers but to remember the dead who lost their lives to violence.

And certainly the Civil War was as devastating to the US as World War I was to the nations of Europe. And as with WWI in Europe, we bear the War of Secession's scars even to this day.