Memorial Dal

I’m not sure there are many sacred cows left to me.  Yesterday was Memorial Day, a day meant for reflection and remembrance of our fallen soldiers.  I guess if you’re only going to set aside one day to remember a specific subset of the dead, a Monday in May will do the job.  I personally don’t have a problem with the idea, though if we’re going to honor soldiers, don’t we already have Veteran’s Day?  Am I not to remember the living soldiers in May, and the dead in November?  Technically, I believe that is the case..

I’m pretty conflicted about the holiday.  Not because I don’t honor our veteran’s, or those who have sacrificed their lives in military service to our country, but because I think we’ve allowed ourselves to define patriotism in terms of warfare, and in doing so, we have failed to honor our country.

I’m still thinking on it, working out what it is I want to say, but it’s coming.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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