While some, as evidenced in the Davis Square Live Journal community, believe that Memorial Day is a day to celebrate war, others, like my family, take the time to remember.
Memorial Day is not a day to celebrate. Nor is it a day to warmonger and it certainly shouldn't be a day to further polarize an already split populace.
It is just a day to remember.
Buckley, Eugene US Navy WWII Died: 2005
Coughlin, Richard US Navy Vietnam Died: 2006
Greenwood, Robert US Army Korea Died: 2003
Harrington, Fred US Army Air Corps WWII Died: 2004
Hersey, Kenneth US Navy WWII Died: 2009
Jack US Army Air Corps WWII Died: 2003
Mahoney, John US Air Force Vietnam Died: 2009
Nadeau, Ralph US Marines Vietnam Died: 2008
Thoms, Robert US Army Korea Died: 2008
All of these men touched me in a way that will remain with me, in my heart, for the rest of my life. Were it not for their service, I wouldn't know them. Were it not for their service, they wouldn't have wended their way into my life to leave their lasting marks, their memories, their stories.
Today, I heard them in the surf as I laid on the beach. I saw them in the light of my child's eyes as she laughed and played with friends at a neighbor's cookout. They were all buried with military honors, though too many of them left this world alone, in pain, and in ways we never would have expected.
So take a moment before you go to bed tonight, please. And just...remember. That's really what this weekend is all about.