There is no honor in the shedding of innocent blood — it’s birthplace or proximity to truly guilty individuals notwithstanding. Those who engaged in the carpet bombing of cities (including the intentional targeting of civilian neighborhoods), the use of nuclear weapons, indiscriminate chemical warfare, the invading and occupying of homes and villages, and the murdering of civilians and children in a multitude of ways are not deserving of honor or recognition. The flags under which these criminals advanced cannot cover or pardon their crimes. The excuse that “they were just following orders” cannot resurrect the millions who have fallen prey to their onslaught. It has been said that “war is hell,” and I would suggest that its perpetrators belong there.