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Musings on Memorial Day and Other Things

May was a long month.  Lots on both the front and back burners for me.  So, few posts.  However, there was plenty of time for thinking.  I was struck by the general solemnity of the Memorial Day observances this year.  I think that was appropriate since we are at war, although many seem to ignore this or even deny it ever existed!
Thinking back to the origin of Memorial Day after the Civil war to memorialize the dead of that war, it ultimately became a way to recognize the dead heroes of all our wars.  When I was growing up, it was observed on May 30th of each year, whatever the day.  But its meaning was cheapened when it was moved to the last Monday in May in order to give the public a three or four day holiday. (A similar unfortunate decision was made in combining Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays into a single Monday known as President’s Day in February, and Armistice Day changed to Veterans Day in November).
Nevertheless, I was pleased to see the widespread observance of Memorial Day across the country. And Memorial Day and D-Day (the landing of Allied troops at Normandy Beach on June 6th, 1944) coming so close together should remind us of the great sacrifices of courageous men and women who have given their all for this country. May that patriotic spirit never die.

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