There are things that I want to recall, and there are other things I'd rather not remember.
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 30 in 2011). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates men and women who died while inmilitary service to the United States. First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.
The only criteria for war I have been able to establish that could serve as justification, is a situation so dire that I would send my beloved children - knowing that they would surely die. That's not what nations do, though. And most politicians rarely send their children in harm's way, which should leave you very suspicious as to the validity of 'the war' that we simply have to fight.
However suspicious we need to remain of political imperatives, we also need to remember those who have placed so much of themselves on the altar of freedom.