The good news is many Americans, including our colleagues at the Aspen Institute, realize the importance of service -- both for the wellbeing of our society and for the growth and development of those serving.
Memorial Day offers an annual remembrance of courage and sacrifice as well as the all-too-frequent foolish and counterproductive effusion of American blood. Most of the conflicts in which so many Americans died were fool's errands, wars which the U.S. should never have fought.
Our top 10 historic battlefields are just a sampling of the places where we can pay our respects to the fallen. However, they stand out for the attention they pay to preserving and sharing the history that unfolded on these very spots.
Thorn's husband was caretaker of the Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, so after the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), the work of burying the dead was left to Elizabeth and her father. Elizabeth was six months pregnant at that time.
Seven Score and Ten Years Ago, Louisa May Alcott brought forth a collection of letters conceived in her relatively brief service as a volunteer nurse, and dedicated to the proposition that not all military hospitals were created equal.
The experience deepened my faith in the human spirit and the potential goodness of people. Lincoln gave everything so this nation had an opportunity to survive as one nation, under god, indivisible, for liberty and justice for all.
Ms. Davis, her Democratic colleagues, and those "average citizens" who stood with them acted as patriots. So, too, we should add, are the Republicans who in support of their own beliefs and principles opposed them.
What I will be remembering -- and which I sincerely urge that today's politicians and media personalities read up on -- is the fact that the Civil War was actually postponed for decades by the most fierce ideological divide in our history.