Don’t forget The Moment tomorrow

Print Article

Letís get something straight.

Tomorrow is Memorial Day, a time to reverently remember and honor our countryís war dead.

The entirety of this three-day holiday weekend also marks the unofficial but eagerly anticipated start to summer, punctuated by charcoal fires and family gatherings in backyards and parks, by happily shrieking kids and camping and hiking and frolicking in the big, beautiful American outdoors.

Those seemingly contrasting causes can co-exist.

What there isnít room for? Turning a profit on patriotic fervor.

We have heard from many veterans appreciation for the kindnesses extended to them by local businesses, but as one letter writer pointed out, this is Memorial Day, not Veterans Day. Two distinctly different national holidays with a common focus on those who risk everything for their country, with one distinct difference: Memorial Day is to honor only the dead.

Without pointing fingers or naming names, itís disheartening when businesses try to capitalize on peopleís honest feelings of abiding respect. Memorial Day weekend sales events are fair game because of the dawn of summer celebration and the simple fact that many people have time to go shopping. But businesses that brand themselves as more star-spangled than their competitors deserve a dose of skepticism. Those who would try to reap a little extra profit by the blood of the valiant should be ashamed.

But letís not dwell there today or tomorrow. Please, be sure to do this one thing that will take just a minute. Literally.

From Wikipedia:

ďThe National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather, it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died in service to the United States.Ē

If we canít spare 60 seconds, maybe we donít deserve the freedom that came at the price of so many lives.

Print Article

Read More Editorial

This protest isnít about intolerance

November 20, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press You remember Ganesha. No? A statue of Ganesha, a Hindu god, was erected (and we use that word with tongue in cheek) in downtown Coeur díAlene as part of the cityís public art program. A month later...

Comments

Read More

Our waists tell a sad parking story

November 15, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Letís pick on parking. No, thatís not right. Letís pick on parkers. Kootenai County Commissioner Bill Brooks has probably cost himself a few county employee votes by proclaiming a $302,000 parking ...

Comments

Read More

Three veterans youíre lucky to meet

November 10, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press In honor of Veterans Day, weíd like to salute three in particular. The first two are synonymous with service. Agree with him or disagree, the third embodies the courage that made America great and l...

Comments

Read More

Expectations exceed transit hubís purpose

November 08, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Letís say it all together and then utter it no more: Kootenai Countyís transit hub is exactly what was promised. Are modifications possible? Are they warranted? Thatís up for debate. When county of...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2019 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X