Next year will be the last Memorial Day before the 2020 elections and I fear the meaning of that remembrance will have been banished into obscurity by then.
I publish a Memorial Day post every year, making small changes to one I originally posted in 2013. You can read that by clicking HERE.
The tag line of Memorial Day is "Honor and Remember," you can read about an organization of the same name by clicking HERE.
"Big Joe" used to rail at anyone wearing an Honor and Remember patch on their leather vest. Joe is the face of the pseudo patriot, who know only bumper stickers and slogans, without any real regard for their fellow Americans.
Honoring and remembering may seem like simple acts, so little for Americans to do in gratitude for those who did so much for us.
They are mostly hollow words now, like "thoughts and prayers." It was a student in Parkland, Florida who appropriately told our lawmakers where to stick their thoughts and prayers.
Part of the problem is that we don't seem to know who to honor or what to remember. Reverence for once cherished institutions has been eroded and replaced by a dangerous new jingoism.
The soundtrack of the Trump years will be, "Jews will not replace us."
People who call themselves "patriots" cheer the degradation of American democracy, falling victim to whackos like Franklin Graham and Mark Taylor who portray Donald Trump as anointed by God.
Mass hysteria is a real thing.
I'm a sinner of the nth magnitude and I would still be a better choice to lead this nation to moral clarity than the most immoral, dishonest man on Earth.
John McCain was a national treasure PERIOD
If he never got shot down over Vietnam or captured, he would still be an American hero. His service to our nation was exemplary and put him on a level untouchable by anyone named Trump, especially Captain Bone Spurs.
But McCain did get shot down and captured and spent years in captivity at the mercy of merciless captors.
When offered release from the hell hole known as "Hanoi Hilton," McCain refused to leave his men. I haven't heard of any other such cases of valor, patriotism and integrity, have you?
How Trump survived his first attack on McCain, long before the ACA vote, was a mystery to me.
Trump found an audience for his attacks on McCain and he continued them even past McCain's death. Just this week, the Navy moved the warship USS John S. McCain to keep it from Trump's view while he was in Japan.
That was a seismic shift in what anyone would call honoring and remembering.
Trump attacked Gold Star parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan and a newly widowed Gold Star wife, Myeshia Johnson.
Until Trump, who respects nothing (not even himself) arrived, Gold Star families commanded only the utmost respect.
Trump says that he knows "more than the generals" and blames them for his military failures. Where does this all end?
When I see video clips of Trump at Arlington National Cemetery, I fully expect him to burst into flames. Maybe if he did, it would remind us of the value of honoring and remembering.
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