Memorial Day | Peace | War

“…he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying ’Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another’”(Acts 7:26).

On “Memorial Day,” Americans especially remember and honor their war dead. They renew their resolve “that these dead shall not have died in vain.” But whether or not they died in vain depends on us and what we do: to de-romanticize War, to denounce War, to make War the victim of a holy people so that never again will people be made victims of “Holy Wars.”

Has the killing and maiming made us desperate enough to echo with finality the words of General William Tecumseh Sherman: “I am sick and tired of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only…

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