Memorial Day is an important day in the United States. This is a day to recognize and honor American Veterans. It is a tradition in this country. Now, commemorating Veterans is not all that happens on Memorial Day. Many people do much more. They go camping, swimming, and they have barbecues. These are also traditions in this country.
This past Memorial Day on May 28, the Texas Young Communist League did not fail to recognize these traditions, and they did so in a unique way. Members of the Red River and Rosa Luxemburg clubs of the Texas YCL met in Killeen, Texas to pay tribute to US Army service member, Bradley Manning, to whom the barbecue was formally dedicated.
Nobel Peace Prize nominee, PFC Bradley Manning, a 24-year-old Army intelligence analyst, is accused of releasing the Collateral Murder video, that shows the killing of unarmed civilians and two Reuters journalists, by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. He is also accused of sharing the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and series of embarrassing US diplomatic cables. These documents were published by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, and they have illuminated such issues as the true number and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq, along with a number of human rights abuses by U.S.-funded contractors and foreign militaries, and the role that spying and bribes play in international diplomacy. Given the war crimes exposed, if PFC Bradley Manning was the source for these documents, he should be given a medal of honor.
The barbecue lasted from 2 pm to 4 pm. The YCLers discussed this and other issues with vigor and enjoyed a finely cooked meal. After the barbecue, members of the Red River Club used the remainder of the day to enjoy time at Buchannan Lake, west of Burnet, Texas.
Bradley Manning is a fine example of moral courage. If you would like to join the Texas Young Communist League in showing him support, you can do so at, http://www.bradleymanning.org/.