Monday, May 25, 2009

Remembering Why

-from the wisdom of Andy Rooney For too many Americans, Memorial Day has become just another day off. There's only so much time any of us can spend remembering those we loved who have died, but the men, boys really, who died in our wars deserve at least a few moments of reflection during which we consider what they did for us. They died. We use the phrase "gave their lives," but they didn’t give their lives. Their lives were taken from them. There is more bravery at war than in peace, and it seems wrong that we have so often saved this virtue to use for our least noble activity - war. The goal of war is to cause death to other people.

Remembering doesn’t do the remembered any good, of course. It's for ourselves, the living. I wish we could dedicate Memorial Day, not to the memory of those who have died at war, but to the idea of saving the lives of the young people who are going to die in the future if we don’t find some new way - some new religion maybe - that takes war out of our lives.

That would be a Memorial Day worth celebrating.

-excerpts from the editorial by Andy Rooney, CBS 60 Minutes, May 25, 2008


  1. Terrific post, Linda! And so very true! Thank you for saying it so well!

  2. Good post. I've posted a link to it on my blog.

  3. I like that thought. There are also many young ones who will die from drug addiction and suicides unfortunately...

  4. I believe that would be men AND women nowadays... so sad.

  5. Fabulous post, Linda! We're in agreement with you 100%

  6. This is without any doubt the most sensible and inspiring Memorial Day article I've ever read. I can't seem to stop thinking about it...

    If only...

  7. You have to love Andy Rooney for always telling it like it is...
    Michelle From Rambling Woods


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