May 27, 2019
Memorial Day 2019

“There’s a certain sadness with me about Memorial Day because you think of the word ‘memorial’ and part of that word incorporates memory. And with all the tools we have today—with Snapchat, and Twitter, and our smartphones, they’re incredible instruments—but they’ve caused a loss of memory in America: Memory about who we are and who we’ve been. Memorial Day used to be a time that was not just the start of summer, it was a time when nearly everyone remembered the fallen because nearly everyone in this country had been touched by the fallen…in the people they knew. That’s gone. We now live in a 1 percent world, where less than 1 percent of people serve in the military,” says Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle during a conversation with Mika Brzezinski and Jon Meacham about the very essence of Memorial Day and the decline in recognition of the significance of this national holiday. Listen in here.