Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day with loved ones and family.
To this end, I asked a member of my staff who is a veteran what he would ask of Americans on this Memorial Day. He recommended an essay that struck a chord with me—Phil Klay’s The Warrior at the Mall. The essence of Mr. Klay’s argument is that, as a result of the same minority of Americans spending decades at war while an overwhelming majority carries on with their lives as if nothing is amiss, a chasm has opened up between civilians and veterans. This chasm must be bridged, or, as Mr. Klay says:
“We risk our country slipping further into the practice of a fraudulent form of American patriotism, where ‘soldiers are sacred,’ the work of actual soldiering is ignored and the pageantry of military worship sucks energy away from the obligations of citizenship.”
Mr. Klay also points out