30 May '11, 2am

This Memorial Day, Thank a Veteran:

This Memorial Day, Thank a Veteran:

I just got off the phone with my father, who is a retired Navy sailor who fought during World War II, the Korean War, and the Viet Nam conflict. I thanked my father, who is now 87 years old. I thanked my mother who, as a Navy wife holding down the home front, served her country in her own way. As for Memorial Day and its roots, contrary to modern celebratory rituals such as shopping, beach-going, BBQs & family get-togethers, Memorial Day rose from the ashes of the War Between the States (Civil War). We Americans have made great strides towards healing the division the U.S. experienced during the Civil War & Reconstruction – a division that caused the deaths of over 600,000 Americans. But sadly, wars are still fought, and we are still fighting some of the same issues today that confronted us in 1861. For just today, though, let's not dwell on the division; rather, let us - ...

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