The March to Honor
April 12, 2008
As we look forward to the November general election that might be an exception to the trend of the last 40 years, i.e. declining percentages of voter registration and voting, we could ask for a small change that has benefits for all. During that same month of November we will honor our veterans with a federal holiday. These veterans, who often endured long separations from their family, endured hardships and physical danger, kept that general election possible. Many citizens don’t vote and use the excuse that Election Day is just another work day for millions. I propose we move the general election in even numbered years to the federal Monday holiday for veterans. This holiday should be mandatory for all except those providing emergency services. Markets closed. Schools closed. Theaters closed. Restaurants closed. A small inconvenience for the public to get a taste of deprivation many veterans experience for years. What better way to show our appreciation for the defenders of democracy than by exercising the right to vote. Imagine a Veterans’ Day parade lead by those who have served marching down the streets in every precinct in this nation to the polling place followed by those wanting to honor that sacrifice.
Currently reading A History of England by Goldwin Smith and The Six Wives of Henry the VIII by Alison Weir.