Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

People go to the beach on Memorial Day. People have barbecues with family and friends on Memorial Day. People mow their lawns and wash their cars on Memorial Day. What is Memorial Day? The day when Americans get to goof off? Yes and no.

Memorial Day is when we take time out from our usual activities to remember our fallen heroes. I don't mean our fallen superheroes, although they represent the real ones who have fallen in battle to save the rest of us. Memorial Day is a day set aside so that we can remember and honor those men and women in our Armed Forces who have died so that the rest of us can live in freedom.

When I say that Memorial Day is a day to "goof off", I only mean that we can enjoy the freedom of being able to go to the beach, have barbecues, and all of the other leisure activities in which we engage because of the people we remember on this day. Comic books (and their writers and artists) serve as another reminder of what we must always cherish and never forget: the price of freedom.

As we remember our fallen heroes in uniform, let us also remember the innocent who have fallen because of those who hate the freedom we celebrate on this day. We must never forget.

Memorial Day.


Afterword: Sources of some of the images posted here include,, and

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