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How Should Memorial Day Be Celebrated?

In the U.S.A. we have another National Sale Day Holiday today. Today is Memorial Day.

How should this day be celebrated? We have gone down this road before on Earth Day.

According to Wikipedia:

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 25 in 2009). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the Civil War), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

Today, Memorial Day is more known as a barbecue, beer and baseball (and for me Basketball) day. This bothers some people. Maybe, rightfully so.

Some like to contrast the American Memorial Day with the equivilent Yom HaZikaron in Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

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