So how are you celebrating Memorial Day? Will it be a long weekend with friends and families and backyard barbecues? Or did you put up your flag with a sense that you did your patriotic duty? Or have you reflected a bit on the meaning of Memorial Day, to commemorate those who died in defense of our country? I plan all. Running through my head is Lee Greenwood’s great lyric which captures the meaning of Memorial Day the best:
My grandson, raised in a Colorado household of both immigrants and those who could trace New World ancestors back to the late 1600’s, just returned from a visit with relatives of his nearest and dearest in a southern state. His comment was, “they live in a different world and now I understand why Donald Trump is popular there”. To him profound political divisions became real.