Monday, May 26, 2014

Monday Morning Musings - Memorial Day

Here in the U.S. we are celebrating Memorial Day, a day that we honor those who died in service to our country.

I thought it would be nice to meet veterans who are remembering their comrades who died in battle. We are quickly approaching the time when there will be no more WWII veterans, so I wanted to link to this story by Wes Venteicher in the Chicago Tribune about Bill Howland. He was a medic, even though he had no previous medical experience, which was common back then. He said he sometimes talks with local high school students during history units on World War II and 1940s Europe.

"I try to prevail upon them to implore our government to stay out of wars … we have more important things to do than shoot people up all over the world," he said.

When I read that quote, I couldn't help but think of this wonderful song by Pete Seeger. It's one of my favorites, and we sang it a lot at hootenannies in the late 60s.

Here is another interesting article from Samantha Grossman in Time Magazine, where she shares seven things we might not know about Memorial Day.

And with that I am signing off for the day. I hurt my back yesterday, so my computer time is limited.


Anonymous said...

Hope you had a great Memorial Day and your back is feeling better - I battle my back every day so I can sit here and type, so I know whereof you speak.

Memorial Day was for awesome thoughts about liberty and its price - and gratitude for those who serve.

Maryannwrites said...

Thanks, Alicia. These old backs sure are a challenge, aren't they?