Memorial Day is meant as a day to remember the soldiers who died in our nation's various wars. That roster has grown longer in the last few years, and we should remember and honor their sacrifice...
I've never understood this use of the term "sacrifice." Sacrifice means
- offering something to a deity...
- forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of [something of] greater value
- relinquishment of something at less than its presumed value
On Monday NPR's Talk of the Nation spoke about military deaths in the voices of the families of dead soldiers and the men who brought the news of the deaths to the families. Newshour with Jim Lehrer featured Wyatt Prunty's poem, "The Returning Dead" honoring the pictures or the soldiers whose pictures Newshour shows every night.
Thoughts from Kansas goes on to say:
This is also a time to remember people whose lives have been changed by experiences related to wars. I'm pretty sure that's all of us.
I imagine not many people under the age of fifty recognize the picture of the Kent State students. For a surreal description see the Kent State Library's collection which gives new meaning to the term "Riot Act." I wonder what will have happened by 2040 to displace the pictures in our minds of the falling buildings in New York in 2001.