Memorial Day by David A. Schulman
To my friends and loved ones everywhere — I want to remind you that Monday is Memorial Day — the day we honor our war dead. It’s not Armed Forces Day (that… was on last Saturday, May 19th); it’s not Veteran’s Day (that’s November 11th), and it’s damned sure not national BBQ day.
The reality is that, the older you are, the more departed members of our military you probably knew. To me, it doesn’t matter how many you knew or what are your politics. We should all recognize that, because the people we honor on Memorial Day gave their lives, we are free to live, love, and continue to debate the politics of the day. Whatever else you do on Monday, pause to remember the reason for the holiday.
Of all the things I’ve ever written, among those about which I am most proud are two that discuss Memorial Day. They were written four and five years ago, and are combined and located on the TIBA website. The article is below: