Courtesy of BerkeleyBreathed.com
. This literally came out of the Sunday Baltimore Sun paper, I didn't wait for it to get published online.
EDITED TO ADD: I got the "official" version of the cartoon (which is obviously of better quality than my scan of the newspaper version) to put here.
Call me bitter, but I've always felt Memorial Day should mean something other than barbecues, car sales, and beaches. The fact that this particular Memorial Day is occurring amidst an unjustified war, after the bloodiest month (April 2007) of aforementioned unjustified war, makes it even more of an occasion for seriousness and not parties and frivolity. There are so many other holidays and reasons to party, why do it on one of the days that should be one of solemn remembrance?
I'm not saying we should paint our faces with ash, wear mourning colors, weep, and loom the streets in vigil (although, given the circumstances, maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea). But maybe to give some thought to what this day is SUPPOSED to mean and be about. So maybe try this. If you're one of those lucky enough to not be familiar enough with what's going on, have a look at this, or this
, or this
. These aren't meant to merely depress you, they're a call to action, even if your action is simply remembrance. So have a look, and maybe buy one of those "memorial" candles they sell at any grocery store for a little more or less than a buck (they look like juice glasses), or hell, if you have your own candle, burn it, and say a prayer, if you're the prayer-saying type, and/or just take a minute to think of all those people lost in this war, whether you knew any of them or not. Maybe it's just a good time to get some free-floating grief out about the war. Whether or not you support the war's causes (I'm vehemently restraining a remark here), you can still remember and honor the people who have lost their lives, with just this simple little ritual.
And you'll feel and know the true spirit of Memorial Day better than any damn car dealership or barbecue you could attend.