Recently a picture has gone viral of two children climbing on a Vietnam War Memorial as if it is a jungle gym. Matthew Munson captured this shocking image which can be seen below:
I find this picture to be honestly appalling. The children are showing no respect towards the veterans and all those lost during the Vietnam War that the memorial is honoring. The worst part of this picture is the fact that there were veterans present that witnessed all of this, Munson said,"Then the veterans showed up, and they looked hurt more than angry. They were quiet."
It is easy to point fingers at the kids and say that they should have known better then to climb on a memorial but I actually think the blame falls more on the parents. I think that a good portion of today's parents have become more lenient with less disciplining and therefore their children lack a general respect for not only material things but also for people.
Some people argue that the children were completely justified in climbing on the memorial because they are practicing freedoms. Critics claim that this is exactly what we fought for so the kids should not be restricted but I couldn't disagree more. It is about the veterans in my opinion and clearly their facial expressions allow me to infer that they were generally upset about what they witnessed. The veterans seem to look disappointed, not with the kids but more with the parents and the way our society is treating their time at war.
Do you think that this demonstration by the children was innocent or disrespectful?