For years Memorial Day has been a work day for me. The unofficial beginning of the summer season; as well as the official beginning of the grilling se...
Our highest patriotism on this Memorial Day should not simply be to mourn those Americans who have died fighting in the uniform of our country, but more importantly, we should all vow that unnecessary wars -- like Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan -- will never, ever happen again.
By most accounts, veterans receive good care once they are in the VA system. But after a decade of wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and with thousands of Vietnam veterans, demand on the VA has grown enormously.
It was the Union dead in the Civil War who first seemed to prove that America was more than a mere idea. "Before the War our patriotism was a firework, a salute, a serenade for holidays and summer evenings," wrote essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1864. "Now the deaths of thousands and the determination of millions of men and women show that it is real." In our day, backyard barbecues are also fundamental to Memorial Day's building of national morale. Yes, it is absolutely critical to remember the fallen and the wars they died in. But, as the 19th century French scholar Ernest Renan argued, forgetting is "an essential factor in the creation of a nation." We also need to move beyond old divisions and the brutality of history. That, my fellow Americans, is where the barbecue and hot dogs come in.
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With the summer travel season kicking off this weekend and millions of Americans preparing to head out on the roads, there's no better time to talk about road safety and the importance of staying focused behind the wheel.
For a few days now, I have been worrying an upcoming social event where I know I'll see the person my wife and I unfriended on Facebook. I am not a fa...
Whether you're beach-bound or couch-bound this weekend, start the season off right. Need a book recommendation? Our Memorial Day reading list has got you covered.
"He does not exist!" the man insisted. I figured that the guy was a government worker and doing the best that he could. So, I drove to my parent's condominium and picked up the handsome photo that my mother kept near her bedside.
As Nate, 29, walked through the kennels, Otis was the only dog not barking excitedly -- he was just leaning his face against the fence and hoping for some love. Nate took the American Bulldog for a walk in the parking lot, the pup instinctively trotted straight to his car, and it was love.
There's a cultural script for how a senior class at mine or any other school is meant to behave right at the end. So screw the script. I molded my memories as I saw fit. During senior week, that meant finding significance in the places here that mattered to me.
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.
Let us never forget those who paid the ultimate price, while showing our appreciation, support and respect to those who continue to serve. Perhaps the best way to honor the fallen and injured is to continue their legacy in our future heroes.
I support our troops to the core -- as human brothers and sisters of mine (and as a member of a military family). Would you want to send your family members to war? Do you even know what that means? Have you really thought about it?
War -- conflict resolution by violence. Memorial Day -- a day to remember those killed in wars. More than remembering, Memorial Day is reality for me. That reality began in 2003 and was amplified in 2013.
Just in time for Memorial Day, we're once again being treated to a generous serving of praise and grandstanding by politicians and corporations eager to go on record as being supportive of our veterans.