Memorial Day 2015: I remember my late friend Nathan Aguirre

Like most of you, I will enjoy a day off, a cheeseburger, and Josh Hamilton rejoining the Rangers today.  At the same time, I will take the time to remember the real reason for this day off. Mackubin Thomas Owens is an associate dean of academics and professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College in Newport and is the editor of Orbis.  He is a Marine infantry veteran of Vietnam. Let me recommend that you read Mystic Chords of Memory: This weekend, we mark the 140th anniversary of the first official observation of the holiday we now call Memorial Day, as established by General John A. Logan’s “General Order No. 11” of the Grand Army of the Republic dated 5 May, 1868. This order reads in part: “The 30th day of May 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers and otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies lie in...(Read Full Post)