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Tag: Memorial Day


To the Americans who fell, an obligation of memory

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

A few thoughts on Memorial Day:

• This may be the holiday most often confused with something else.

Some think it’s about veterans. By definition, though, it’s about the Americans who went to war but didn’t survive to become veterans. Veterans have their own well-deserved day, in November.

Some think it’s an occasion for honoring all the dead, especially dead loved ones, regardless of whether they were killed in action. But when Memorial Day is about everyone, it’s really about no one in particular.

If the original purpose of the holiday is

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We remember and honor our South Sound heroes

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

On this Memorial Day, we honor the men and women of our nation’s military who died in their nation’s service. The graves of those who fell in long-ago wars and conflicts will be decorated with flags and flowers, and services will be held on military installations and in cemeteries.

For many of our South Sound neighbors, this Memorial Day takes on entirely new meaning, for they will be mourning a loved one killed in Iraq or Afghanistan within the last year.

The nation lost a soldier, but they lost a son, a daughter, a father, a spouse, a brother, a sister, a grandfather. Our loss is abstract; theirs is all too real and highly personal.
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