Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day 2020

Monday is our national day of mourning. It is not a patriotic, political or recreational occasion. It is more important than that. It was invented as a commemoration rather than a celebration.

It used to be called Decoration Day. It was a day when women from the North and the South decorated the graves of their lost loves with poseys. It was a day for reflection. It was always sacred like the Sabbath. It became a way to stitch a riven nation back together again. As early as the spring of 1864, the year after Gettysburg, there are reports of Confederate widows decorating the graves of Union soldiers. In 1966, a Union General ordered the decoration of Confederate graves. We became a new nation through our shared sorrow.

Little towns in Massachusetts and Mississippi tragically discovered what they had in common. It was never merely widows, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, comrades and old friends who grieved. Unexpected death is much more than that.

Thomas Edward Lawrence, the diminutive archaeologist, war hero and diplomat who died at 46 in a motorcycle accident, wrote “An individual death, like a pebble dropped in water, might make but a brief hole; yet rings of sorrow widened out there from.” Every single death disturbs many lives. Most people used to know that without being told.

No one ever wrote that the 379 deaths in Cuba was a small price to pay for Guantanamo Bay or that the 4,234 soldiers who died in the Philippine Insurrection were a small price to pay for Subic Bay. Or, that not losing face in Southeast Asia was well worth 58,220 dead Americans. Or, that 116,516 deaths were a more than fair price to pay for victory over Germany in 1918. No one would have dared.

Until now.

It is a bright, warm morning in Los Angeles and I am distracted by all that beckons me – the weekend: The dog eager to play, the beach, the tomato plants, the liquor I plan to drink, the ride I would like to take, the friends I will not see. It takes only seconds to look and see that this morning, at 11 a.m. Pacific Time on May 22, 2020, 95,213 people have died in the last 84 days. There should be 100,000 deaths by Monday.

Like most people who might read this, I didn’t know any of them. But, Monday is our national day of mourning.

Enjoy your dog, your beach, your ride, your garden, your drink, your friends and your barbecue.

Rebel

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21 Responses to “Memorial Day 2020”

  1. Sandmann Says:

    Thank you for this beautiful piece of writing, Rebel.

    Ride safe!

    Respect to the deserving,
    Tom

  2. FF Says:

    Let me clarify. When I said “northeast” I didn’t even factor in Maine or New Hampshire. When I say northeast, I mean NJ, NY, CT, Masshole and Vermont— the state that made Bernie Sanders a senator. So my apologies, Shovelhead.

    Secondly, my comment was directed at people PARTICULARLY IN THE NORTHEAST who disrespect Robert E. Lee and Confederate war dead.

    Maybe you don’t see the pattern I see, but it seems apparent to me that the same people who are ok with desecrating Confederate memorials are the same people who shit all over the bill of rights.

    Try it out sometime. Get into an argument with someone who doesn’t think the USA should honor our fallen Confederate soldiers. Then change the subject to the 1st or 2nd amendment. Ask them if they think people wanting to go to Church on Sunday are selfish and don’t care about saving lives. Ask them if they think it’s ok to arrest a man for opening up his barber shop. Then ask him or her if there is more than two genders.

    Connect the goddamn dots.

    New York provided 400,000–460,000 men during the war, nearly 21% of all the men in the state and more than half of those under the age of 30. Of the total enlistment, more than 130,000 were foreign-born, including 20,000 from British North American possessions such as Canada. 51,000 were Irish and 37,000 German. The average age of the New York soldiers was 25 years, 7 months, although many younger men and boys may have lied about their age in order to enlist.

    Per capital I do believe that their deaths are still lower than Indiana, Illinois, Ohio or PA.

    I don’t like these cocksuckers who voted for Cuomo and Deblasio. In fact, I HATE THEM.

  3. Dasein Says:

    Paladin: I posted a question for you in the Saloon a while back. If time and interest permit, I look forward to your thoughts.
    Thanks

  4. Paladin Says:

    Sig 45;

    As I stated in my post, “the accuracy of that number might depend on who’s doing the actual reporting.” The article I linked to pretty much says the same thing.

    Because the linked article happens to be put forth by Fox News it deserves extra scrutiny? Sounds like you’ll believe whatever the liberal press decides to pour down your throat.

    As to my point: The politicians and their fear mongering MSM have stampeded the cattle and very few question any of what they say. I find it ironic that those that post on this page and the author of this page continually disparage (with good reason) grandstanding politicians and the propaganda put forth by their MSM as it relates to MCs and the lifestyle in general. Yet; here you are, kneeling at the trough, wolfing down what the politicians and their MSM feed you, never questioning anything, unless of course it runs counter to your pre-programming.

    Paladin

  5. FF Says:

    @Shovelhead

    We’ve become a nation divided by those who believe in Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and those who pay lip service to those things only when it’s convenient and doesn’t get in the way of their personal agenda. Unfortunately for me, I live in an area full of the latter. Annoying ‘Karens’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR3uA2eLgbk

  6. Shovelhead Says:

    FF,

    Have a nice Memorial Day, pray we can hold on to our Republic! If that doesn’t work…The 2nd amendment will!

  7. bill Says:

    All gave some, some gave all

    ML&R

  8. FF Says:

    @Shovelhead

    Here you go

    https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/civil-war-casualties

    While although NY’s death toll is up there with the flyover states, how many of them were Irish conscripts:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_draft_riots

  9. FF Says:

    @shovelhead

    NY sided with King George III, NJ voted against Lincoln twice. I could go on and on. Yet these provincial snobs look down on the Deplorables in flyover country. Go look up the stats from the Civil War. See who shed the most blood for Lincoln’s war.

  10. SIG 45 Says:

    Paladin if you read your article it also discusses the fact that many believe the number is underreported. Many were missed in the early days as testing was not even possible as tests were not available. Regardless it’s a Fox article and that makes it deserving of extra scrutiny. Most importantly, who the fuck cares if it it 75000 or 105000? What is your point other than to prove you see conservative politics everywhere. Many veterans are among the number and for that I will remember.

  11. Shovelhead Says:

    FF,
    Come to the Northeast and say that Motherfucker, See what happens!

    Respect to those who fought and died for American freedom, they gave up their lives so FF can say fuck the Northeast.

  12. CatfishOCNY Says:

    As always your writing is sad, poetic, poignant and powerful. Thank you Skald.

  13. gordo Says:

    It’s not what the truth is

    It is what it is perceived to be

    Tell enough lies they become truths

  14. Paladin Says:

    “It takes only seconds to look and see that this morning, at 11 a.m. Pacific Time on May 22, 2020, 95,213 people have died in the last 84 days.” Well; the accuracy of that number might depend on who’s doing the actual reporting.

    https://fox6now.com/2020/05/16/questions-raised-over-accuracy-of-us-coronavirus death-toll/

    Paladin

  15. SIG 45 Says:

    Well said. I remember the days riding in the backseat with my brother as my father took us to all the graves. The only thing we did together.

  16. Gordo Says:

    Rebel

    can feel that post

    Memorial Day in 2015 was riding stateside at the time of the Twin Peaks massacre

    When researching that story found your blog

    Have to continue supporting ya Rebel

    Ride/write on

    Thx again

    Gordo

  17. FF Says:

    Hail those northern sons from Indiana. They fought and died for the Union, agree with it or not. Fuck the Northeast, who took all the credit, shed little of the blood. I respect all these soldiers

  18. stroker Says:

    Thanks Again Rebel for what you do, what you did, and for reminding us what Memorial Day is about.
    Now, go take a ride!

  19. Woodstock Says:

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