Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Here we are at another Memorial Day. If you would like to learn more about the history of this "holiday," then please click here.
I really hate to see signs that say
This is not Valentine's Day, nor is it Christmas. Memorial Day is not a day of celebration. It is a day of remembrance, a day to observe with gratitude the sacrifices made by members of our military. I am observing this day in two ways.
First, I made donations to the USO and to an organization that helps provide medical care to returning veterans. I can't save those who are already gone, but I can try to help those who serve us now.
Second, it's a day to think about my dad -- to think about how much I appreciated being raised by such a good father. He was a veteran, and he died on Memorial Day.
If you would like to watch a movie today, I recommend War Horse -- it is a beautiful story and the film is beautifully made. I was very impressed by it. And for those of you who are tired of sad movies, it has a happy ending.
If you are fortunate enough to be in the Washington, D.C. area, a visit to Arlington National Cemetery is in order, along with a trip to the mall to see the monuments. I never cease to be moved by The Wall.
I do hope you will teach your children the meaning of Memorial Day. I would appreciate it very much.
Infinities of love,