Jay is a performing classical pianist and college music professor. He, his wife Cindy, and their children live in rural Minnesota. Jay and Cindy enjoy raising chickens, growing vegetables, and looking at the stars at night. A Roman Catholic convert, Jay is also a student and observer of culture.
These days, Andrew J. Bacevich has reason to think differently about Memorial Day. Three years ago this month, his son was killed in action by an IED in Iraq. I know neither the father, nor his fallen son. But Professor Bacevich's writing and personal experience have connected with me in some very powerful ways. Today, May 31st, 2010, Dr. Bacevich reflects upon what Memorial Day has become for his family in an opinion piece in the LA Times. He respectfully, but inevitably raises troubling questions. It is worth your time.