"Ernie" has some thoughts on Memorial Day.
This has long been a solemn, respectful day when people get together to remember those family and friends who have gone on before us. On a national basis it's been a day to remember all those people (mostly military) who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep the USA safe and free. I remember as a kid the local National Guard would march into the cemetery, play taps, and then shoot a 21-gun salute. When they marched away all us kids would run up and grab the spent cartridges. I'm not sure such ceremonies are in vogue in this new age when our current leaders seem to be trying to weaken our military, mock patriotism, eliminate public displays of religious beliefs, and encourage flag burning. Course we didn't have Code Pink, the ACLU and liberal extremists in those days.