What is your memory of Memorial Day?
There is some historical debate about the “first” marking of this day of remembrance. Its early history also was marked by controversy. The association of the event with the Union cause so strong that many Southern states pointedly ignored “Decoration Day.” Only after World War I, when “Memorial Day” was declared to be a day to honor the fallen of all wars fought by the United States, did the day take on a truly national character.
A quieter controversy is present today. The contest is over how we spend the day, whether we mark it by visits to memorials and cemeteries or by firing up the grill with family and friends.