Question

Over what period and under what conditions do historical commemorations make sense? So, for example, IMO Veteran’s Day (Armistice Day) and Memorial Day (Decoration Day) no longer serve their historic purposes and the purposes they do serve are not ones that should be promoted by the federal government at all.

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  • bob sykes

    I think you have missed something here. Both Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day have for a very long time been redefined away from their original intent. There is no, or very little, Armistice Day in Veteran’s Day (11/11) and no, or very little, Decoration Day in Memorial Day (orig. 5/30). Those historical roots have simply withered away. These are now holidays supposedly to honor the dead military but by an large merely taken as another day off. You would have had to have lost a loved one very recently in order to remember the intent of those holidays. My grandfather’s (WW I) and father’s (WW II) graves have not been visited in many, many years. (Both survived their wars.)

    In as much as the US is no longer a Christian country, Christmas and most especially Halloween have become more or less nonsectarian. It was pointed out some years ago that Halloween was popular among nonChristian immigrants simply because it had no Christian implications (?!).

    Even the Fourth of July is problematic as leftists, blacks and Hispanics reject the legitimacy of the US itself. And, of course, Columbus’ Day is anathema.

  • Halloween was popular among nonChristian immigrants simply because it had no Christian implications

    You mean “All Hallows Eve”, from which the term “Halloween” was derived?

    Here in Chicago a series of holidays, one for each of the cities major ethnic/racial groups, is observed: St. Patrick’s Day, Pulaski Day, MLK Day, Columbus Day (Italians). Several are observed for Mexican-Americans. Chicago politicians never miss an opportunity to curry favor with an interest group. There are ironies. For most school systems in this area Rosh Hashanah is a holiday while Good Friday is not because doing so would be state support for religion.

    IMO we should just start celebrating “Federal holiday 1”, “Federal holiday 2”, etc.

  • Ben Wolf

    The only way we can save America is to stop whites who hate the country and freedom. Why does bob sykes get to disrespect the flag and veterans?

  • PD Shaw

    I post the American flag on these days:

    MLK Jr Day
    Washington Day
    Lincoln Day
    Memorial Day
    Independence Day
    September 11th
    Veterans Day
    December 7th

    I’ve sometimes recognized Labor Day, but in these days of Labor discord with the upper classes agitating following the Janus ruling, I don’t want to be involved.

    Neither Christopher Columbus, nor Kashmir Pulaski are Americans, though I do raise the Irish tricolour for St. Patrick’s Day.

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