This weekend, The USA honors those who have fallen in the line of duty. Because this Federal holiday is always celebrated on the last Monday of May, it creates a three-day weekend at the end of the school year for many, which often turns into more of a celebration of the beginning of Summer than a solemn day of rememberance. In some ways, this may be appropriate, as the men and women who have died in battle were ultimately fighting for our freedom, and celebrating what they were fighting for is important. However, it’s important not to get so carried away with celebrating that we forget what it is the day is about.
Last year, I posted a story from my family, In Memory of Self.
This year, I created a piece of digital artwork. The image above is an abstraction I created of the US flag with a grave marker in front that is similar in shape to those in most National cemeteries. The writing on the stone is Morse Code, and is the common abbreviation in Morse Code for “Thank You.”
The History Channel has a good video on the history of Memorial Day: