Can I say that I'm not entirely happy about the concept of "celebrating" Memorial Day? In my not even remotely humble opinion, it should be a day of humble solemnity, but instead it's a day of shopping and sorbets, another 3-day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. Memorial Day is why I don't support a national holiday in memory of 9/11 - in 20 years, it'll be all about the "Hero Sale" at Sears. No thanks.
I hate this freaking war and everything about it, and I want everyone that reads this blog to honor the troops that have died and spend a few minutes looking at the faces of the people that have died fighting a war they shouldn't have had to fight in the first place. They deserve a few minutes of your time, and their families will be happy to know that you are honoring their memory BY remembering them.
You can also go to this website and view some guestbooks and websites for some of the soldiers that have died as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They deserve your time.
THIS is Memorial Day. Yes, I did my patriotic duty and ate barbecued ribs and watermelon earlier today, but so bitter is my hatred for this war that I feel powerless to do anything but remember the troops that have fallen. You should too.
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