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Memorial Day 2018

May 25, 2018

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Memorial Day 2018

Memorial Day remains a black moment of grief just before the bright celebration of summer. Memorial Day should remind every American that we are a free and happy people because some free and happy boys set down their bats, balls and gloves to die for all the rest of us – in the Civil War, […]

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Memorial Day 2017

May 26, 2017

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Memorial Day 2017

Decoration Day, which we now call Memorial Day, began spontaneously in the spring of 1864 as our national day of suffering. It was the inevitable result of the American Civil War in which at least 620,000 men died. Their survivors suffered from those deaths. About 576,000 men were wounded. Surgery was primitive. There were no […]

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Memorial Day 2015

May 25, 2015

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Memorial Day 2015

This is the day set aside to honor our Republic of Suffering: The survivors of the men and women who have given their lives for America. This holiday began as a day of remembrance by the suffering survivors of the dead during the American Civil War, a conflict that claimed between 620,000 and 850,000 lives. […]

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Memorial Day 2014

May 23, 2014

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As even President Obama may eventually understand, the full cost of war is never paid until decades after the shooting stops. The true cost of America’s wars is what one scholar has called the “Republic of Suffering.” Soldiers suffer. Survivors suffer the longest. And the point of Memorial Day has always been to acknowledge and […]

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The Mourning That Roars

May 27, 2012

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At least as early as 1867, the grieving survivors of the men and boys who died in the Civil War set aside a Sunday afternoon each Spring to clean and decorate their graves – to picnic, to remember and to tell stories. This “Decoration Day” spontaneously emerged in both the North and the South during […]

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