Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day Resolution has far too long a list

The House of Representatives just held a ceremony of sorts in honor of the fallen Illinois servicemen and women. Every person from Illinois who died over the last year in combat related activities was read aloud by the representative from the soldier's home district. The names were arranged by the chronological order of death. The calendar seemed to move slowly as name after name was solemnly entered into the record. It somehow seems more fitting than a barbeque on Memorial Day to memorialize the sons and daughters of Illinois who will never come home.

4 comments:

Amy Allen said...

It was pretty attenuated.

Amy Allen said...

Were you in the House gallery? On the D's side or the R's side? I should have gone over and introduced myself.

Kelli said...

As we BBQ'd today I was thinking the same thing... How did we as a nation, choose to make a tradition of BBQ on the day we are to be honoring our dead?

I asked this of a soldier in Iraq recently...

Dan Johnson-Weinberger said...

I wasn't in the gallery -- listening in an office at the time.