Today is not a day of celebration. Today is a day of commemoration. Today is a holiday to honor the sacrifices of those who died in military service to our nation. Today is Memorial Day.
A memorial is an object which serves as a focus for memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event. Popular forms of memorials include landmark objects or art objects such as sculptures, statues or fountains, and even entire parks.
The most common type of memorial is the gravestone or the memorial plaque. Also common are war memorials commemorating those who have died in wars.
I am unabashedly patriotic. Despite all our faults, the United States of America is the greatest nation in the history of mankind. I believe in American exceptionalism because America is exceptional.
Unfortunately, America is not as great as it used to be. Hopefully, we will soon have a new leader who will not only restore our nation but who will help us make America even greater than we used to be.
The best way we can honor those who died for our country is to be worthy of their sacrifice.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.