Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day; Honor those who died to protect our way of live.


“In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours.” Ayn Ran
As a reminder, Memorial Day evolved from Decoration Day, started in 1868 as a day to decorate the graves of those who died in America's Civil War. But it was not until 1971 that Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday, one to be celebrated on the last Monday in May. Monday is also Confederate Memorial Day in Virginia.  Traditionally, on Memorial Day either the president or vice president gives a speech at Arlington National Cemetery and also lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. What will the official word be this year?
Given that America's armed forces remain entangled in the Middle East, consider reviewing this justification for the war from About's Guide to Terrorism, Amy Zalman. Unlike WWI and WWII, we Americans have not been asked to sacrifice at home. A different form of sacrifice is fast approaching, with oil knocking at $150 a barrel, and it's rise in price is linked to our foreign wars.
Last year, US Foreign Policy Guide Keith Porter reflected on the Vietnam Memorial, and the "imaginary line marking the spot in time" when the American consensus was that the war was "unwinnable." When the Iraq War memorial is built, where will that imaginary line lie? Have we crossed it?
Learn more about Memorial Day at History.com. Things you need to know if you plan to visit Arlington National Cemetery. What are the 11 federal holidays in the United States?

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2 comments:

Diah said...

thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Should be honored every man who died for his country, but American soldiers mostly died not to protect American way of life, but to change other people's way.

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