Great national holidays, such as the Fourth of July, usually remind citizens of great victories or focus attention on valiant leaders, such as former presidents, long gone. More than any other national commemoration, even more so than the Thanksgiving holiday, Memorial Day invites us to cover ourselves in the blanket of memory. Memory – which can be pain-filled or awe-inspiring.
Memorial Day is a time to recall darker days and armor ourselves with memory for battles to come even if all we see is a future of despair:
On Memorial Day 2008 we explained the origins of the holiday. The day to remember the fallen began during the Civil War.
Since then on the last Monday in May the nation remembers. From the Civil War to Afghanistan, the nation remembers.
This Memorial Day 2015 we draw inspiration from our cousins across the sea.
At a time of trial, a great pivot point in history, not just for Great Britain, but for all of Western civilization, the British throne was occupied by a vain and treacherous beast. Along with his ambitious nasty concubine whose main concerns appeared to be garish fashion and spectacles for herself and the man who would be King the loyalties of both were in question.
Many believed that the coronation of that King would lead to a traitor on the throne. A traitor whose sympathies were more to the pagan religion of the almost fully grown military threat English speaking peoples would soon face on the battlefield was soon to sit on Saint Edward’s Chair.
A weak uncertain stutterer and the might of British history saved the empire in 1939. In 2010 the story of King George VI who overcame his disability to rally the nation and the world of freedom loving peoples became the cinematic The King’s Speech.
Eventually the broadcast speech by King George VI became available via YouTube.
On this Memorial Day we remember that even in the darkest hour a candle can be lit even if that candle is far from perfect.