Memorial?

There is a story on Drudge about a town that cancelled its Memorial Day parade because there were insufficient veterans in town to support it. What part of ‘memorial’ don’t they get? Another view is by Peter Collier described on Powerline: America’s Honor.

“Once we knew who and what to honor on Memorial Day: those who had given all their tomorrows, as was said of the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy, for our todays. But in a world saturated with selfhood, where every death is by definition a death in vain, the notion of sacrifice today provokes puzzlement more often than admiration. We support the troops, of course, but we also believe that war, being hell, can easily touch them with an evil no cause for engagement can wash away. And in any case we are more comfortable supporting them as victims than as warriors.”

from the book Medal of Honor: Third Edition (Amazon affiliate link)

Honoring a memory is something one does not just for those who are still in your face. It is for those who are gone, especially for those who can exist only in memory. The parade is to reinforce those memories and to highlight those values and attributes of others that make a civilization what it can be.

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