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Memorial Day 1919: 'What shall be for memory?'
Memorial Day 1919: 'What shall be for memory?'

As a history buff, I like browsing through old newspapers (not to mention archives) seeking links to the present, which led me to dust off the Times' editorial from Memorial Day 1919 - the first commemoration following the end of World War One. It's a pretty long editorial for what was, for the Americans anyway, a short war, and is less about war than about memorialization itself. In the go-go pro-business climate of the era, the Times noted that it was rationale to get double use out of a memorial. Say, a bridge dedicated to the dead, thus getting some public good out of the spent tax dollars. ------------ FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this post misstated the...

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