To many, Memorial Day is just a day off work, or a day to laze around, or maybe work around the house and yard, or to get together with family and friends and grill out. But, of course, it's really about something more substantive, as actor and presidential candidate Fred Thompson notes:
"... Memorial Day is about remembering. It’s about remembering those who died for our country; but it's also about remembering why they believed it was worth dying for. Too many Americans, though, have never been taught our own history and heritage. How can you remember something that you’ve never learned?"
He's right. Too many people don't understand the heritage they have been born into, or that they adopted when they came here from another country. They don't know why the United States is such a great nation, even with all its attendant problems. They haven't learned the lesson of Pearl Harbor and, amazingly, they didn't learn the lesson of 9-11.
Our country has lost its unity, and is seriously, perhaps fatally divided. Maybe today will help draw us back together, as we honor the memory of all those that through the decades have given their lives to create and maintain our freedoms, and remember all of the good things about our country that are worth maintaining.