I was delighted to get a couple of letters in response to my editorial about celebrating Memorial Day. The authors attempted to take me to task for choosing to “celebrate” the holiday, but I was delighted nonetheless.
I stand by my decision to revel in the holiday. While others choose reverence or somber reflection, I’ll grill out. One of the freedoms in this country is choosing how and what we honor.
I could’ve signed up for a war, but I’ve never cared much for it. We have enough holidays for soldiers it seems, but what about pacifists, peacemakers and political dissidents? I suppose governments in the business of recruiting armies are rather loathe to acknowledge the efforts of those who would oppose the institution of war.
It is, of course, your right as a human being to disagree. Furthermore, it is a right not doled out by any government or document and remains so regardless of any wars in which people have fought and/or died.
I don’t mean to spoil anyone else’s day of sober contemplation. The way in which others spend their holidays is none of my business. But how I spend mine — that is my business…and frankly, no one else’s.
Look for the letters in this week’s edition of the paper. And decide for yourself (always!).