Here's how I got the idea for Remembering Memorial Day
MONDAY, MAY 26, 2003 - Today is a holiday--Memorial Day--and after loafing around the house this morning I went out for a little while in the afternoon to read. Stopping at Panera Bread at 2:30pm I ordered my usual--cinnamon roll & large iced tea--and settled down to read the paper.
Noticing the time, I sought out the manager and asked him for a favor. I asked, "Do you know what today is?" He answered, "Monday." I smiled thinking 'Oh, the youth of today' and asked "What holiday is it?" "Memorial Day" he replied. Then I mentioned, "Today at 3pm you might want to observe a moment of silence that the President asked us to do." "Why?" he asked. 'Oh, the youth of today' I thought--then added "It is to remember those who have died in service to their country." "Oh, yeah" he said, "that's a good idea."
At 3pm I stood at my table--the restaurant had more workers than
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customers--and the manager turned off the music and announced over the microphone "In observance of Memorial Day we will have a minute of silence." I smiled. Then I frowned as the workers kept working, the manager took an order, and all of the patrons continued their conversations. So much for remembering . . .
We can't change how the whole country remembers
Memorial Day . . . but we can change how those we know
remember. Will you do it?
Finally, you can download a reprint of a column by famous WWII war correspondent Ernie Pyle, The Death of Captain Waskow. A fitting memorial to all the "Captain Waskow's" who died for us.