Today is Memorial Day, "a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service." It is a day that, traditionally, the President of the United States attends a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Today, Barack Obama sent Vice President Joe Biden in his place because he is on vacation in Chicago. (Link here.)
While attendance at the ceremony in Arlington is "traditional," it is not mandatory for presidents to attend. Some do, some do sometimes, and some don't. But the real galling thing is not that Obama skipped the event. In fact, I give him credit for attending a ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, but America is at war in Iraq and in Afghanistan. And there is a major ecological disaster continuing in the Gulf of Mexico yet Barack Obama is on vacation . . . again. This is Obama's second vacation since the BP Oil rig exploded on April 20.
Two vacations in just over a month. Now, don't get me wrong, I think the country would be better off if Obama took a lot of LONG vacations over the remainder of his term but the question must be asked . . . just what are Obama's priorities?
Now to the true priority of the day . . . to the men and women who died in service of this great country . . . may you rest in peace. And to those of us who live in freedom because of their sacrifice . . . may we never forget.