Memorial Day 2016…
Vandals have been busy this weekend, at Petersburg National Battlefield, the Vietnam War Memorial in Venice, a Purple Heart plant bed, in Anniston, Alabama, and in Henderson where they have caught the culprit. The Chicago Tribune ran an ad luring subscribers, but featuring the U.S. flag backwards.
On the other side, we have U.S. Army Rangers in Afghanistan singing for us, Steve McCann giving thanks, and officers aboard the U.S.S. Bataan saluting the new greatest generation. These four veterans serve in Congress, and we are lucky to have them. When they talk about war, everyone should listen attentively. Some families have made stupendous sacrifices for their country through the years.
Valerie Strauss educates us on the difference between Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day. Walt Whitman wrote about the reasons for this day many years ago. Considering how poorly people did on Jesse Watter’s quiz, many of us could use the information, since schools apparently don’t teach such politically incorrect nonsense any more.
A tiny community in Illinois has given Civil War soldiers their identities back by obtaining new headstones for their graves. My ancestors were mostly on the opposite side, but all who served deserve honor and remembrance.
James Roberts sees this Memorial Day as different from others. The rather poisonous atmosphere may be different, but the occasion is the same for me. How did you celebrate? Are you at the lake or beach in party mode, or have you spared a thought for the meaning of the day during the festivities? Did you buy your flags yet, or are you waiting for Flag Day or July 4th?