Memorial Day 2012

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 2009

We remember. 

But I've come to the conclusion remembering isn't enough, and in fact is mere sentimentality unless we take from memory the resolve Lincoln prescribed at Gettysburg:
from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth