(1) Recall and show respect for (someone or something) in a ceremony
(2) to serve as a memorial or reminder of:
(3) to make honorable mention of.
Which do you like? All 3 have too much solemnity for my taste.
To my mind, and admittedly, I've read only 1 thick book on the subject,
it was an atrocity.
Our Memorial Day in OZ is November 11
Whatever you call it, it is for the remembrance of fallen soldiers
and also for the celebration for the ones who returned
of which there are not many left
Same here in the US. It was called Armistice Day in my youth. After
WWII, it was changed to Veterans Day.
Memorial Day is a separate holiday. It started in 1868 as Decoration Day
and was to commemorate the soldiers on both sides of the US Civil War.
After that, It included all soldiers of all wars.
Just remember the hate was in the south, the greed was in the north.
In case you don't understand that:
1. The south was morally wrong to secede over slavery.
2. The north was legally wrong in stopping them.
Please note the "OT" added to the subject.
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
There's a well-worn line about those who don't know their own history are
doomed to repeat it. Studying the past is not reliving it or glorifying it
or being amused by it. That you can't grasp that and instead insist that
people are somehow expressing approval of war by buying historical
commemorative postage stamps is quite odd.
I think you're "trying to put words in my mouth". However, I do find it
odd that anyone would want to collect a postage stamp that commemorates
the civil war--except in the case where he or she is in a position to
view the civil war as a source of his or her "freedom".
I don't think the state should "sell lottery tickets" either, while
forbidding businesses from doing so, but I don't "insist that the people
who buy them are somehow expressing their approval" of this policy--and
I don't view the people who buy stamps as expressing their approval of
war (as you have suggested I must). Not only that, I would distinguish
the American Civil War from others wars with other sovereign nations.
Maybe time will suggest I should not. I hope so.
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