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Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying...
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Crisp in whites, eight men up, four on a side, slow-step  the horizontal coffin across the flat expanse of our carrier, toward the edge. The decks are quieted. Crews of  men in oil-spotted work clothes give a wide perimeter. The air hangs vacantly, with...
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On this Memorial Day do we remember what should not have been? Only the West's soul is more scarred than its landscape. Do we still mourn the lost, do we treat...

Unfurling the Colorful Rags Though I consider myself rather patriotic—especially to the West of Socrates and Augustine and to the America of Washington and Jefferson—I have often found public liturgies, such as Memorial Day, distasteful. There’s too...
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So I’ve been criticized for saying that our country is, more than ever, a meritocracy based on productivity. One of the threaders, in fact, said we’re a plutocracy based in pseudo-meritocracy. I’m actually sympathetic to that  (exaggerated) criticism,...

British Major Pitcarne took six companies of an advance team to scout out Lexington, Massachusetts, early morning, April 19, 1775. Behind him marched nearly 6,000 troops with orders arriving from London to capture any New England leaders...

The American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France Today I honor the men and women of the United States military who have sacrificed their lives while doing their duty to the Republic. For them, and...