Today is Memorial Day in the U.S., and President Obama will continue the tradition of past commanders-in-chief by visiting Arlington National Cemetery and placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:
This is a day we commemorate America's war dead. A year ago at this time, we paid tribute to the Army Air Corps personnel who died with Carole Lombard in the January 1942 crash in Nevade (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/106125.html).
Today, we remind you of the many who have given their lives for the U.S. (several hundred thousand of whom are buried at Arlington alone). In 1994, the Los Angeles Times ran a lengthy piece about the cemetery's history -- from its Civil War origins to the people who maintain its traditions -- at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedailymirror/2009/05/profiles-in-history-arlington-national-cemetery-.html.
Sure, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer...but let us not forget what it really stands for.