Skip to comments.Memorial Day After September 11
Posted on 05/23/2002 9:12:23 PM PDT by Pokey78Edited on 04/23/2004 12:04:32 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
This year we'll remember more than just the military dead.
This Monday marks the first Memorial Day after September 11. So now we who have forgotten or never knew will relearn or discover the meaning of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is a day of the dead, and in recent years many of us came to conclude that a nationally declared break from our busy days was too personally valuable and useful to spend thinking about the dead. Memorial Day for some has become a day to shop or sunbathe undisturbed by the dead who fell in wars.
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BTW, if you have never been to the Tomb, I highly recommend it. The Changing of the Guard Ceremony is a somber memorial to those who fell in battle, never to be buried.
I have no problem saluting the memory of a group of people who died in a field in PA, rather than let the enemy kill them along with even more citizens.They also accepted the ultimate sacrifice in a war they had no part in starting.
The civilian dead of the twin towers and the military dead of the Pentagon on 911 are forever joined in our collective memory.
On this Memorial day, "Never Forget" has a new meaning for us all. We will all fight and die in this war. That our people will be drafted involuntarily, without warning or training does not mean they will not deserve our respect as fellow soldiers.We have always been one of them.Our fellow Americans.US.
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