To start this Memorial Day, I thought about my own family history. None of my family has died in combat as members of American armed forces, but that’s because my family roots don’t go back all that far. My parents are post-WWII immigrants, but their families suffered immensely in the fight against Fascism in Europe, and my dad subsequently devoted his life to battling other forms of totalitarianism as a member of the U.S. Intelligence services during the Cold War era.
Looking through my Twitter feed, I found a paradox in the way Americans relate to this holiday. On the one hand, Walmart is advertising steaks for backyard BBQs, while other people are tweeting about their beach adventures, on the other, some people are posting sincere and heartfelt messages of remembrance.
Thank you to the soldiers who have fought, and continue to fight, for our country & our freedom. Today we honor you. #memorialday #iremember
CU Boulder provost Russ Moore said 48 faculty and staff members were approached this year by other schools regarding jobs, making the campus, in the words of one departing staffer, a "target-rich environment."