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This bit of prose from a fellow of note gives some insight to what this day of remembrance meant about 135 years ago, before it was considered a "holiday".

Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest
On this Field of the Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
Nor sentry's shot alarms!
Ye have slept on the ground before,
And started to your feet
At the cannon's sudden roar,
Or the drum's redoubling beat.
But in this camp of Death
No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
No wound that bleeds and aches.
All is repose and peace,
Untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
It is the Truce of God!
Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.
Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.
                              -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
So, the subjects were the fallen from the war that (in spite of Longfellow's promise) it seems we'd prefer to forget... the war that divided this nation to the family core. The one our great granpas either witnessed or participated in. Today's petty internet bickering and so-called partisan extremism that, on the surface, appears to be dividing us simply pales. We aren't divided... THAT was divided.
Something to ponder this weekend while that pontoon load of party plows thru where you're fishing. Just smile and wave. It's not that big a deal.

I can't dance like I used to.

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