Yesterday Americans observed Memorial Day, a federal holiday here in the U.S., originally established to honor Union soldiers who perished during the American Civil War, which now serves as a national day of remembrance for all Americans who died providing military service to their country.
Blawg Review #59 includes a link to The Memory Hole, a web site posting photos of flag-draped military coffins arriving at Dover Air Force Base containing the bodies of those killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The site’s publisher, Russ Kick, obtained the release of these photos from the U.S. government under the Freedom of Information Act despite a Pentagon directive forbidding the distribution of such images.
Blawg Review #59 also folds in this touching haiku from law blogger and poet David Giacalone:
vietnam memorial —
a tear in
the old protestor’s eye
Remembering doesn’t do the remembered any good, of course. It’s for ourselves, the living. I wish we could dedicate Memorial Day, not to the memory of those who have died at war, but to the idea of saving the lives of the young people who are going to die in the future if we don’t find some new way — some new religion maybe — that takes war out of our lives. That would be a Memorial Day worth celebrating.