Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day quiz from the Washington Post

I didn't do so well on the quiz, but I wonder if high school graduates would do any better. Even remembering those who have died in war has become something left to a few. Memorial Day observances used to be quite common and a big event at that. We now have a governor who is too busy to remember the Oregon soldiers that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The two wars seem to have no connection to us especially when there is an attempt to label it as another's war, e.g., United Nations.

We get patriotic (and vocal) when the Navy Seals Team 6 killed Osama bin Laden, but we are quiet as church mice when thousands of military service members risk their life each and every day in defense of this country. It should not matter the validity or moral correctness of the war -these men and women are doing what the leaders of country ask and too many of them are paying the ultimate price.

The least we can do is to remember them.