Desecration of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC

For too many Americans, Memorial Day has become simply the official start of summer, grill season, a day off and a mattress sale. No longer as a nation do we pause for a moment of reflection and appreciation for those who sacrificed all. Patriotism and military appreciation are sadly seen as jingoistic and old fashioned – if not racist and bigoted. And so, in a horrific act of desecration and disrespect, we see what this decline in our values has wrought.