Memorial Day’s Long Bright Shadow

Memorial Day’s Long Bright Shadow

I am a Marine Veteran of Iraq.

I have watched young brave heroes breathe their last heartbreaking breath thousands of miles away from home. This ultimate sacrifice is a heavy price to pay for our freedom, but it’s one we recognize as worth it in order to preserve and defend the promise of American freedom and democratic principles.

However, since becoming a Marine, I’ve observed a seemingly minor but common mistake people make every Memorial Day. Well-meaning folks heap their grateful thanks on living veterans rather than memorializing the fallen. Some veterans will inform the ignorant of their error. Most will politely […]