Public Gratitude and Perpetual Warfare

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Chester County Library

Veteran of the Iraq War, Evan Reibsome will discuss the pressure on a post-9/11 patriotic practice known as the “Thank You for Your Service” phenomenon, which involves a civilian approaching a military service member and literally saying the phrase “thank you for your service.” Drawing from a wide range of material— including literature, popular culture, and his own military service— he acknowledges the need for civilian support for our military while also inviting audience members to re-examine this popular expression of gratitude with a more critical eye. He will reveal how blindly thanking military service members may paradoxically harm our men and women in uniform and inadvertently contribute to a state of perpetual warfare in the 21st century.

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