I grew up with this holiday as Decoration Day. Whatever you call it, remember that your enjoyment of today came at a very heavy price. So many people – many of them very young men of 18 or 19 – made so many sacrifices, including losing their young lives, to allow us to enjoy the freedoms of the best country ever. It’s okay to celebrate the exceptionalism of the United States, and it doesn’t need wimpy qualification a la Obama that well every nation thinks it is exceptional.
I plan to attend the Ironton/Lawrence County Ohio Memorial Day Parade, a small town that hosts the oldest continuous Memorial Day parade in the United States, a parade that first began in 1868 and hasn’t missed a single year. Try attending some kind of observation or watch a movie/documentary that showcases our military history.