Memorial Day Should Be An International Holiday

by Rich Rubenstein on May 30, 2016 · 1 comment

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Memorial Day is a day when this nation stops to honor the more than 1 million citizens who died in America’s wars. About half that number perished in the Civil War, whose termination gave rise to the holiday in 1868. But what was then called Decoration Day didn’t just honor the soldiers and sailors who fought to preserve the Union; it honored the Confederate dead as well, even though they were considered enemies of the United States.

Friends, it’s time – long past time – to honor the spirit of the holiday by turning it into a day to remember the war dead of all nationalities, not just our own. Most of those who paid the ultimate price for participating in armed conflict thought they were doing battle to defend the territory, traditions, and honor of their nation or people. A great many were either forced to fight or duped into believing that they served the common good when they were really killing and dying to aggrandize elites hungry for wealth and power. But all of them, regardless of their motives or origins, deserve to be remembered with respect and sadness.

America, let’s grow up! Let’s get over our juvenile, provincial habit of grieving only for immediate friends and neighbors. Of course we miss them — but we are human beings above all, and all those who died in mostly unnecessary wars are our lost brothers and sisters.

Starting in 2017, let’s make Memorial Day an international holiday and celebrate it with the world.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Gretchen Reinhardt May 31, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Yes, on Memorial Day I remember those who have sought to serve those they love, their family, community, and country, by putting their own life on the line. The desire to serve by giving of ourselves for those we love is a universally understood sacrifice.


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: