(There won’t be a Monday Wake Up column this week. Wrongo will return on Wednesday, May 31.)
Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery – 2013 photo by William Coyle
Monday will be Memorial Day, when we honor the sacrifice of those who died fighting in America’s wars. We mourn those we knew, and we pause briefly to remember those we never knew. The American public’s job is to say, “thank you for your service”. Saying it has become a reflex, like “bless you” when someone sneezes. Our default position is to thank, but not to think. For most of us, America’s foreign wars are a kind of elevator music. Always present, but we barely notice it.
Maybe we watch our town’s parade, or shop at the mall. There’s likely to be a cookout. It isn’t about love of country. It’s about sad Facebook emojis, Memorial Day mattress sales, and burgers on Monday. On to cartoons.
The old man remembers the soldier:
RIP Tina Turner:
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A handy reminder: