Abraham Lincoln, in the Gettysburg Address, best sums up what Memorial Day is about.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
1. My hometown, Columbus, MS, takes credit for the first Memorial Day. Supposedly, the observance began in Friendship Cemetery after the Civil War “when the young women of the town decorated the graves of fallen soldiers on both sides of that great conflict.”
2. On this Memorial Day, here’s a reminder about flag etiquette.
2. Here’s a list of the greatest 50 war films of all time (in their opinion).
3. These are the war movies that I would watch over and over.
Saving Private Ryan
The Dirty Dozen
Hunt for Red October
Battle of the Bulge
They Were Soldiers