Thanks to John Frankin Hay (see full article).
". . .the intention of Memorial Day is to honor all who died in America’s wars, not to celebrate militarism or bless war. . . .
Instead [of] letting the holiday be co-opted to perpetuate militarism, let us resolutely focus on honoring those who have given their lives in our nation’s conflicts. . . . .
This Memorial Day is an opportunity to consider: given the cost in these precious lives, we must find a better way, not just repeat the past again and again. War--and those whose lives are snuffed out or haunted by it--gives us every indication that we have not yet explored or employed our best intellectual, spiritual and material resources for preventing or addressing conflicts."
Toward eupan ~
~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.