Monday, May 25, 2009

(Happy) Memorial Day


In about five or so minutes, I was able to find five sites that exist to help us remember those that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think it's only appropriate--an obligation, even--to see their faces, names, hometowns today.

The third, Map the Fallen, was featured on CNN yesterday and is probably the most comprehensive and interactive out there. You just need to have Google Earth installed. All of them are pretty stunning.

Casualties

Faces of the Fallen

Map the Fallen

In Remembrance

Honor the Fallen

Imagine how many there would be if this kind of thing existed for all our modern wars. Let's not forget about those service members, too.

Isn't it so weird that this "holiday" has evolved into barbeques and fireworks? Shouldn't we be sad? I dunno...I get that way a little.

But I guess it's also about grasping onto your family, literally tugging on the fabric of their shirts. I'll be smelling the back of my baby's neck, watching my son's forehead wrinkle with his laughter (his protests), and taking a minute to watch my husband's eyes when he talks.

Maybe I'll even be petting the goddamn cats.

(Thank you.)

10 comments:

  1. Nice blog, Kristine :)

    Go on, pet the goddamn cats, you know you want to ;)

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  2. Great post, now I feel guilty for talking about masterbation. Thanks. Happy Memorial Day, everyone. Remember to wash your hands.

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  3. Happy Memorial Day!!! pet those cats for gods sake. You'll eat a sprinkled cupcake for breakfast but won't pet the goddam cat.

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  4. Frankenfinger: :)

    GirlInterrupted: Thanks...and, I did. Just don't tell anyone.

    Cat: Masturbation is pretty close to duty to your country. I just forget how. Thanks Obama!

    Mr. C: You would get crazy with the exclamation points on a day like this, you insensitive bastard. As for the sprinkles, they'll always outrate a fucking cat. What planet are you from? Alf's?

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  5. Thanks so much for posting this :-).

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  6. You are so right...we bbq'd today and now I'm thinking it was fun, but I should be spending some time remembering and silently thanking. I think I'll go do that right now.

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  7. You must pet the cats on holidays. Surely? I mean, you can ignore them the rest of the year but occasionally give them something to keep them going...

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  8. You must pet the cats on holidays. Surely? I mean, you can ignore them the rest of the year but occasionally give them something to keep them going...

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  9. Frankenfinger: :)

    GirlInterrupted: Thanks...and, I did. Just don't tell anyone.

    Cat: Masturbation is pretty close to duty to your country. I just forget how. Thanks Obama!

    Mr. C: You would get crazy with the exclamation points on a day like this, you insensitive bastard. As for the sprinkles, they'll always outrate a fucking cat. What planet are you from? Alf's?

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