I think it's somewhat disappointing that there wasn't a special Memorial Day cover page for the weekend because, although I think my own Memorial Day post is pretty cool, I feel bad that that post is hanging out alone there, when there have been so many other stellar pieces of writing in remembrance of those who gave so much in our nation's defense. I published early to "beat the rush", but publishing something first shouldn't mean that other work is ignored.
A couple of the posts below have received well-deserved EPs, but they are still not on the front page. Maybe it will be changed on Monday, but just in case, I thought it would be good to create a post that reflects what the cover should have looked like all weekend. (A word to the Editor: Open Salon may be, overall, filled with left-leaning non-conformists, but we can also be a rather patriotic and sentimental bunch, so I think we like to see holidays like Memorial Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Veterans' Day recognized with theme-oriented cover pages. Perhaps an open call in advance of the holiday, to give everyone a chance to publish something in time for the weekend?)
I have done my best to collect in one place all of the fine posts for Memorial Day 2012. Some are already very popular, but some may have slipped through the cracks. If I have missed any, please PM me with a link. I realize there will probably be more posts coming today, tomorrow and Monday, and I will try and update when time permits. I am hopeful that many of these will end up on the front page on Monday.
SpiritManSF: To My Father-For the Love of Soldiers!
Scanner: The War Whistler
kenneth houck: Memorial Day-Shell Shock
Boanerges1: Reflections on Memorial Day (Update)
Ben Railton: May 26-27, 2012: Memory and Memorials
Ben Railton: May 28, 2012: Remembering Joshua Chamberlain
Steel Breeze: No Words Necessary...
Barbara Weicksel: Memorial Day 101
Kim Tutt: Remembering Always
jlsathre: In Memory of a Soldier I Never Knew
MichelleD: Army Strong
mary gravitt: Memorial Day~A Day of Reflection On No-Peace and No-War
toritto: High Indeed the Price of Honor
toritto: Chevy Van (Repost)
toritto: The Messenger - 1967 (Repost)
toritto: The Wall (Repost)
toritto: Green Cathedral - For Memorial Day (Repost)
toritto: Death of the Monk
toritto: Tearless the Enemies of Peace (Repost)
toritto: Picasso in Kandahar (Repost)
(toritto has been very busy this week! And I always say, if you didn't see it the first time, it's new to you!)
Leon Freilich: Memorial Day 2012
James M. Emmerling: My Memorial Day Post to the Warriors I Have Known
janicephelpswilliams: How We Remember Together: Public Memorials and More Memorials: How We Remember Together, Part Two
SheilaTGTG55: This Memorial Day & One American Soldier
Chicago Guy: A Soldier Comes Home
Blinddream: A Soldier's Story
Joan H.: Memorial Day in Washington, D.C.
Spike the Chicken: From the War
Kent Pitman: Accelerated Memorials
middle aged woman talking: For My Father on Memorial Day
cheshyre grin: I don't feel like a hero. (An alternative viewpoint, but relevant.)
Pensive Person: Pancakes in Honor of a Marine
Steven Rockford: Our fallen soldiers
older/exasperated: Memorial Day Reflections: A Soldier's Thoughts
Brassawe: My Memorial Day Memory
Jali 17: A Service Man Always In My Heart
Cranky Cuss: For Memorial Day: Let There Be Light
Jeremiah Horrigan: Making Peace with the Point
Natalie K. Munden: From Under a Black Sky: Thanks for Serving in Vietnam
Jonathan Huie: Memorial Day
froggy: Memorial Day Song
amputeemommy: Happy Memorial Day!
Paul Nevins: Memorial Day, 2012
toritto: Peace Train (a repost)
Chicago Guy: Willing To Lay Down All My Joys
Blu Speck: In Memory of a Fallen Marine
Hesham A. Hassaballa: Grateful on This Day
Peter Breschard: Almost 70 Years Ago
CoyoteOldStyle: The Last Full Measure
Lynn Colwell: We Remember
SheilaTGTG55: You at Arlington
Reflections of a shallow pond: One Hero's Story
Just Thinking...: Fighter Planes, Video Games, and my Brother's Father
Francesca Biller: Honoring Japanese-American World War II Veterans
Cindy Prochnow: In memory, Pearl Harbor, a teenage survivor's poem
Amy A: An Old Man Visits The Wall
Spike The Chicken: Memorial Day
Spike The Chicken: From the War
As always, it's an honor and a pleasure to be part of such a fine community of writers and thinkers.
P.S. No need to rate or comment on this post. Just click on the links above that you haven't read yet and get them back into the feed and onto the Top Rated list!
P.P.S. I am glad to see the other two Memorial Day EPs on the cover today (Sunday).