Memorial Day should also honor those who have been left behind. Families of the dead have sacrificed as much, or in some cases even more, than those who have died. They suffer the memory of what war can do and live in the purgatory that war creates by its killing.
It is my hope that war will eventually be relegated to the ash heap of history and that what will finally be memorialized on Memorial Day weekend is war itself. Let us hope that for our children's children's children war will be a memory--something to be remembered as a stupid way to solve problems; as an approach to conflict that merely creates more conflict, and kills both those who might choose to fight, and many more of those who do not choose to fight.
And thank you to all those who die in the line of duty and/or the line of fire. You have made my freedom more solid and I honor your sacrifice.