Friday: Where Every Day is Memorial Day
On Friday, the New York Times ran this photo and caption on A1, just below the fold — the was no story or article or further references:
I noticed the austerity of the presentation: they let the photo and its caption speak for itself. I thought that it was kind of beautiful and evocative. It made me wonder what else people were saying about the "memorial" part of Memorial Day:
- Memorial Day via Times Topics
- Via NPR: Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day
- Via US Department of Veterans Affairs
As a veteran myself (USMC, 1977-81), these kinds of articles and memorials resonate with me as a reader, and it also makes me wonder sometimes about the nature of the holiday. It has become largely a BBQ weekend, I think, or an excuse to take a break and to welcome summer.
On Saturday, I went downtown -- first to a wreath-laying ceremony in Daley Plaza and then the Memorial Day Parade on State Street --