Memorial Day is a good time to take a few moments and give thanks to our ancestors who did their best to pass along a better nation to their children.
Memorial Day began three years after the War of the Rebellion ended. Had the South emerged victorious it is my firm belief that the North American continent would have shattered into a balkanized mess of varioius independent or pseudo-independent states, with Great Britain, France and eventually Germany or even Russia probably swooping in to play off various factions over the ensuing decades. That war was a dark time of crisis that ended as well as it could - though a botched Reconstruction hobbled the South for nearly a century after.
It is worth pondering as we enter into this new time of crisis. There will be brighter dawns ahead, but the choices we make now could have enormous impact on the future. Act as wisely as you can. Happy Memorial Day.