Memorial Day 2011

05.30.11 2 Comments

I suppose it’d come off as kind of righteous to implore you all to remember the “true meaning” of Memorial Day while you’re out there today enjoying BBQs, pool parties, frolicking at the beach, etc., but I’m gonna do it anyway: Please spend part of your day today remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day, which was established to honor those who gave their lives fighting for this country.

As someone who’s never served in combat, I’ve tried to wrap my brain around the idea of giving up your life for your country and its people, and it’s almost impossible for me to fathom. A story that’s stuck with me since I first heard it was a short speech actor Charles Durning gave during a PBS Memorial Day special a few years ago — hearing his account of storming Omaha Beach on D-Day during World War II was a subtle reminder of how much better off America off is that a p*ssy like me was never asked to go to war. May the ones we lost never be forgotten.

We’ll see you guys back here on Tuesday.

(Photo via Me)

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