Memorial Day Weekend Arrives With Disrespectful, Bizarre Events Surrounding Vets, Country

Teri Webster - Author

May 29 2016, Updated 10:03 a.m. ET

A series of bizarre and disrespectful events kicked off Memorial Day weekend, leading up to a day that is revered as a time of remembrance and respect for people who died in service to our nation.

President Barack Obama on Friday travelled to Hiroshima, Japan, to announce a “moral revolution,” is needed for nuclear arms technology, The New York Times reported. Obama laid a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and spoke to survivors of the attack.

“It was a delicate decision,” The New York Times said of the visit. “For weeks, the White House had refused to say whether Mr. Obama would meet with (Hiroshima) survivors.” Before the trip, he said he would not apologize for the attack.

Obama called for a reduction in nuclear weapons in the U.S. and around the world.

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The U.S. entered World War II after a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands on Dec. 7, 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a precursor to the U.S. dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.

At the time, President Harry Truman said, “The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor. They have been repaid many fold.”

During an event for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in Middlesex County, New Jersey, a video shows a group of attendees refused to stand for the National Anthem.

“We have values,” said a speaker kicking off the event.

Normally, it is considered a show of respect to stand when the National Anthem plays. The video shows people in the crowd staring with their cell phones during the National Anthem.


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