Memorial Day is About More Than White Shoes

I’m not a fashionista (believe me, many people will tell you that), so I only vaguely know the rule about Memorial Day and white shoes.  Apparently you really shouldn’t wear them unless they are essential to your outfit, but this is a point of great contention in etiquette circles.

Regardless of your opinion on white shoes, we should all recognize one important indisputable fact.  Memorial Day is intended to commemorate and honor those who died in battle.  So in addition to enjoying your BBQ, beers, margaritas, coleslaw, potato salad, white shoes and whatever else you’ve got going on, take a minute to thank about those who’ve fought bravely for the principles we hold dear, even if you don’t agree that war is the answer to any of our problems.

I personally am not a fan of war.  Never have been.  Never will be.  I am strongly of the opinion that most conflicts can be resolved amicably or, at the worst, with bitter words, not actions. But I do recognize that many people believe a strong and physical response is necessary to protect both our shores and our people.  While I don’t agree with that perspective, these individuals have put themselves on the line and even died for what they believe in.  I respect them for holding on to their values.  Sure, some people join the military for other, less-vaunted reasons.  But when it comes down to it, the vast majority honestly feel that they are doing the right thing — and in my opinion, it’s incredible brave to die for what you think is the right thing.  I’m not sure I could do it.

So thank you to military veterans and the families of those who have fallen.  I’m not going to lie — I’ll continue to support decreased defense spending and, particularly, the removal of our troops from Afghanistan.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate what you’ve done.

 

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