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Sunday, May 27, 2007

This Memorial Day, remember.

My friend Andy Hefty wrote a great column about Memorial Day, entitled Memorial Day: A Proper Perspective.

I am interrupting the three-part series on limiting government to share my thoughts on an appropriate way to observe Memorial Day. Please notice that I did not say, “Celebrate.” That is because we should not “celebrate” a day of remembering fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Guardsmen. We must observe the remembrance. Thus the term “Memorial Day.”

In that light, I offer a stark reminder for everyone to contemplate.

Go ahead and have a barbecue with friends and family. Yes, you should even invite the in-laws. But instead of just “fun in the sun,” try to bear in mind that Memorial Day is more than the unofficial start of summer vacation. It is a day to ponder the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform gave to us when they stood boldly between the enemy they faced and us.

To hold someone “In Memory” means that they would have died. Memorial Day is no exception. We honor the living members of the Armed Services on Veteran’s Day. Our fallen heroes have long deserved their day that we remember them. Naturally we should remember them every day. But setting aside a special day just for them is as appropriate as any holiday -- if not more so in some instances.

Be sure to read the whole thing.