Memorial Day: ‘Roots and Lessons’ (Washington Post)

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E.J. Dionne Jr. writes about the origins of Memorial Day, making the point that we ought not ignore the observance’s roots in the Civil War.

“Reading the history of the period leading up to the war is jarring because its political conflicts bear eerie similarities to our own,” writes Dionne in The Washington Post.


  1. So thankful for everyone who served/serves in the armed forces. Much respect. As Americans celebrate the Memorial Day holiday, should remember that though the VA’s alleged abuse and neglect of US veterans is scandalous, the worse abuse comes from a president and a compliant Congress that send the US military to cause harm and be harmed overseas in undeclared, unnecessary, and illegal interventions. The best way to honor the US military is to honor the Constitution.

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