For some people, Memorial Day is just another long weekend. For others it is a poignant day of remembrance. Some people spend it at a barbecue, some at a cemetery. Some do it all—relax, enjoy, but also reflect on what freedom and service and the death really mean.
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Did you serve in the military? How is Memorial Day different than to those who haven’t served? Tell us your story.
Do you see those who risk their lives for their countries as heroes?
War has affected almost everyone’s life in some way. How has it affected yours?
Why do we honor veterans who have died, but we don’t seem to give nearly enough care to those who were injured, become homeless, or suffer from the effects of PTSD?
How do you reconcile being a pacifist with still honoring those who chose to fight (and perhaps die) for their country?
Tell us about one specific Memorial Day that was especially meaningful to you.
What would a world look like without war? How can we get there?
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