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Honoring the fallen on Memorial Day

May 30, 2011

Today is Memorial Day. It became a holiday after the Civil War, to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who had died in battle, and after World War I it was extended to honor all United States soldiers who died in any war. It happens to fall this year on May 30, which was the original date for the holiday… Writer’s Almanac

This happens also to be the 18th anniversary date of my marriage. Interesting coincidence. Puts the battlefield analogy in its place. No lives have been lost here, except the ones we might have lived instead. Two very precious lives have been added. Plant a flag, lay a wreath, lament the losses, thank the fates, fire up the grill, slice the pie, and enjoy the parade.

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.  ~George Bernard Shaw

A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time.  ~Anne Taylor Fleming

A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn’t want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing.  ~W. Somerset Maugham