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Written by John Lennon Sung by Blues Traveler

From the album, "A Tribute To John Lennon" on Hollywood Records

Imagine there's no heaven... it's easy if you try.
No hell below us... above us only sky.
Imagine all the people... living for today.
Imagine there's no country... it's not hard to do.
Nothing to kill or die for... no legends, too.
Imagine all the people... living life in peace.
You... may say that I'm a dreamer, 
but I'm not the only one.
I hope that you would join us,
and the world could live as one.
Imagine no possessions... I wonder if you can.
No need for greed or hunger... a brotherhood of Man.
Imagine all the people.... sharing all the world,
You... may say that I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope that you will join us,
and the world will live as one.

All Wars Are Our Wars

We said that the Vietnam was our war. Indeed it was. Many from our class(es) served; some made the ultimate sacrifice as we see in our Vietnam Memoriam page. Today, there is another war.  It, too, is our war... most likely not due to classmates, but because their sons, daughters (or in turn their spouses) and grandchildren are serving in the military... some in harms way. And, this brings us to realization that ALL wars are our wars.

War has been with mankind as long as mankind has been. It's the curse of human frailty. Looking around the world this Holiday Season, one finds it difficult to perceive that much has changed. There is hatred, oppression, genocide, and conflict in too many countries.

Moreover, our old Allies, France and Russia, whom this nation help free from the horrors of Germany's World War II aggression, are now oddly in concert with Germany against our country's current position in Iraq. Regardless of the merits of either side's position, this coalition makes one wonder why over 36,000,000 people had to die fifty years ago... for what purpose other than to defeat the hatred of a few twisted minds? Ditto for the Pacific theater campaigns culminating in a nuclear holocaust. War may sometimes be inevitable, but historically, as we clearly see before us, it has proven to be pointless in the long-run.  Oddly, Rodney King, of the L.A. beating fame, posed the question of century, "Why can't we just get along?"

Nonetheless, there is hope. In every battle since the Vietnam War (a war where Classmates and about 30,000 other KIAs were pawns for politicians seeking "Peace with Honor," after their once deciding not to press for an outright victory) we... as a nation... have become acutely sensitive to and accountable for every troop's and civilian's life lost.

Just imagine where this world would be if all those young minds that were silenced by war could have lived to discover and create. Just imagine all of the unrelenting grief and sorrow that would have been spared if they had lived.

Apparently, we can... and are when this nation now reports one, two, or three troops dead instead of "light," "moderate," and "heavy" casualties of the Vietnam Era.  Today, we are counting vibrant lives lost... not reporting statistical percentages.  It's a start!