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    Veterans' Day has been turned into a sort of second-rate Memorial Day. Late May is a poor time for somber reflection of the costs of war and the sacrifices made. It's a time when everything is green and growing. People want to get their boats out and have picnics. If they do participate in Memorial Day activities, it tends to be very "rah rah", cheering for war.

    November is much more suited for reflection. It's dreary, and the leaves have fallen from the trees. Boats have long since been hauled in from the lakes, and the picnics are over. It's a time when people are just more inclined to reflection.

    Maybe that's why Memorial Day is the big event, with Veteran's Day a distant second. WWI was said to be the "War to End All Wars." That was naive, but it contained the ideal that war is something awful that you do only if you absolutely must, rather than something to be cheered.

    Armistice Day was clear what it was. It was a day to remember loss and sacrifice with somber reflection. It didn't let you forget what it was about. Memorial Day used to be known as Decoration Day. Maybe we should give it back its old name. It would better fit the season.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 07:25:43 AM PST

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