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Memorial Day Monday

I always have to remind myself, when I am not working for the schools on a holiday Monday, that many holidays have special meaning for different people, Memorial Day being one of those. This day, Memorial day, called "Remembrance Day" in Canada, serves to remember all those who have lost their lives in battle. We honor you and I recognize that memorial day is a sad one. I know it must be hard for the loved ones, of all the men and women, who have lost their lives while serving.

While I salute those who sacrifice their lives for our country, I'll be honest: I don't like war. I don't like weapons, I don't like brute force. I hope the fighting and violence, it isn't without cause. I always hope war and fighting are justifiable, and not just out of greed and fighting for resources.

.I don't like guns and weaponery- they are loud and dangerous. I don't know many who enjoy conflict and aggression that goes along with many of these things. While I understand, that not all problems and conflicts can be solved peacefully, I also genuinely feel that less military and artillery, and more education, mediation, and social programs would benefit society more at times. I support troops and I support other means to resolve issues. People in the military are subjected to a lot, bloodshed and trauma being huge, as well as physical and biological pain.

Hearing loss, as we know, among Veterans is huge -- In one study by VA Rehab Research

stated Veterans reported tinnitus (75.7%) and hearing loss (59.8%). Nearly half (48.6%) of Veterans were diagnosed with conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, or central auditory dysfunction. An additional 24.3% of Veterans had subclinical levels of auditory dysfunction. link-

So not only do I take a minute to bow my head to those we've lost in battle but I also take a moment to grieve for those Veteran who are damaged and impaired physically and audiologically from their dedication and service.

Facts: Gun shots - Depending on the caliber of the firearm, most gunshots will register around 150-170 dB. At these levels, hearing damage can occur quickly..

Military planes- Military jet aircraft take-off from aircraft carrier with afterburner at 50 ft is rated at 130 dB

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