In observance of today’s holiday, the Daily Oklahoman printed excerpts of a Memorial Day address by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., in 1889, when the memory of the Civil War was still fresh. You’ve got to read this speech. It features an eloquence and a depth of sensibility that we almost never hear today, certainly not from politicians or other public figures.
He talks about the honored dead, of course, but he also makes applications about what the generations that follow can learn from them and from observing Memorial Day.
I give a brief sample after the jump, but please click the link and read the whole thing. [Read more…]