Memorial Day: honoring our dead
May 26, 2021
Memorial Day is Monday, the time when we stop to consider our war dead, who “ gave the last full measure of devotion,” as Lincoln said at Gettysburg in 1863.
War, we know war. Yearly there are fewer World War II veterans among us and the same is true of those who fought in Korea. Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Iraq twice and even those who fought the last 20 years in Afghanistan. Our soldiers fought in El Salvador and Nicaragua and have been deployed to Bosnia, Syria and throughout Africa since the 1990s.
In the twentieth century over 640,000 Americans died in conflicts around the...