I received an email from a reader inquiring about the meaning of Memorial Day in the United States. It is a day in which we remember and honor the men and women who have died in service to our nation.
In an era where it is trendy to mock (vs. debate intelligently) the imperfections of our country, it might serve people well to understand that the ability to do that--without reprisal--is a freedom not enjoyed by all citizens of the world. Expression, opportunity, and worship (or not) are three of the American principles for which people are willing to risk and lose their lives.
Today is the day we pause to remember those who did just that.