What to Reflect on During America’s First Post-Afghanistan Memorial Day in Decades

Certain days have meaning beyond just their names, and Memorial Day, a day in which Americans honor those who gave all for their country, has more meaning than most. But this year, Americans are in a conundrum: our military just suffered a humiliating defeat abroad and, perhaps because of that ignominious retreat from Afghanistan, our enemies are rampaging, or sharpening their knives and waiting for an opportunity to strike. With that defeat in mind and those problems being oh so clear, on what should our minds be focused this Memorial Day, about what should we be thinking and why? In this article, former Navy SEAL and Wisconsin Congressional candidate Derrick Van Orden tackles the meaning of Memorial Day in light of the past year’s events.

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