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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Enjoy memorial day

A slow news day today, but maybe that's a good thing. Enjoy the barbecues, picnics, and weather. And try to, at least for a few moments, ponder the history or meaning of memorial day.

Yesterday, at the church SJC and I go to, the pastor (an older man of about 75) gave a sermon that started off by lamenting the way that memorial day is treated by people too young to remember World War II or beforehand. He made the ponit that when he was a child, he would spend memorial day going to various cemetaries with his parents and a VFW post contingent to place flowers at the graves and salute the fallen soldiers - the day was called "decoration day" once upon a time.

I actually felt pretty bad. I can honestly say that I have never been to a memorial day parade or decorated a gravesite. And i consider myself somewhat patriotic.
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