A fair number of wars have come and gone since Decoration Day was inaugurated by General John A. Logan in 1868, and there are many, many more graves to be decorated. So many that by 1967, the name of the holiday was changed to Memorial Day.
On Memorial day we are supposed to commemorate in our thoughts those who have died in service to their country.
So let us remember Chief Earnie Salors, and Sgt. Jim Tully, and Cpl. Joe Martinez, and all the others whose names I don’t remember or never knew who went to Korea with me and didn’t come back.
And let us remember all the uncles, the cousins, the brothers, the sons, the fathers, and the husbands who went to war and never returned.
And let us remember that Woodrow "He Kept Us Out Of War" Wilson abandoned that "He Kept Us Out Of War" campaign slogan one month after being inaugurated to his second term and declared war on Germany – adding over 117,000 graves to be decorated.
And let us remember that Franklin Roosevelt recklessly sent the U.S. seventh fleet to Hawaii in 1941 to bluff the Japanese out of Burma – and added 420,000 graves to be decorated.
And let us remember the "domino theory war," the first war American ever lost, that stretched over twenty years and five presidencies and added another 60,000 graves to be decorated.
And let us remember George Bush’s post-9/11 wars, that have added 7,000 more graves to be decorated.
And lastly, let us remember those who have died even after returning safely from their foreign tours of duty because of the incompetence, corruption, and indifference of the Obama administration.