Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

For those readers not from the U.S., today is Memorial Day, a national holiday. Nominally, it is a day to commemorate those who have fallen in military service. However, its origin in the aftermath of the civil war means that there is a certain quality to this holiday that is tied to understanding sacrifices made in the name of the republic, and the rebirth of a nation because of those sacrifices. It's one of those days that helps us feel a bit more unity with each other as Americans.

So for those of you who are veterans, active duty, or whose family are, thanks. For those who have lost loved ones in military service, my thoughts are with you. And for those of you who are deployed or soon may be, my best wishes.