While I'm at an American Studies conference in Sweden, the blog will be taking a short break. In the meantime, have a look at this two past posts that deal with Memorial Day:
"A Thank You to Our Troops—All of Them—on this Memorial Day," May 30, 2011
Memorial Day came out of the Decoration Days held after the Civil War. This seems like a logical thing for me, a scholar of nineteenth century America, to write about today.
Instead, though, I’d like to talk about a group of soldiers that often gets forgotten when we remember our troops. I mean the WACs, the more than 150,000 women who served in the U.S. Army during World War II.>>>
Randall Stephens, "The History of Memorial Day and the National World War One Museum, Kansas City," May 23, 2009
As Americans cram their faces with hot dogs and swill cheap beer, many will also reflect on the heroic efforts of countless men and women who have served their country over the years. Parades, concerts, and ceremonies across Boston will turn our attention to those who fought and died for their country. The National memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C., will draw a massive crowd of observers in the capitol and TV viewers.>>>