Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day’

An Eisenhower Thought on this Memorial Day

May 25, 2015


“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity.”

— Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War II




The Real Meaning of Memorial Day

May 28, 2013

I saw a sign that said, “Happy Memorial Day.”  And that’s all right.  Nothing wrong with the day being a happy one.  It should make us happy that we have brave men and women who give their all for their country. However, it should not be a frivolous happy, but a serious one.

It’s really a solemn occasion.  It’s not the same as Veteran’s Day.  Veteran’s Day is a day to honor all who have served in the American military. Memorial Day is a day to honor those who President Lincoln said “gave the last full measure of devotion.”

I heard a veteran say this morning on C-SPAN that on every Memorial Day he makes sure his grandchildren know why we celebrate Memorial Day.  No, it’s not just a day to cook out and have a beer with friends and family.  It’s a day to reflect on the costs of war and honor those who have paid the ultimate price.