I’m not an American citizen and, even though there hasn’t been a war since World War II in my country, I know what war means. Although I’ve never be a soldier, I often ask myself how much a soldier should care about his or her country to devote and risk his or her life for the military and the nation.
Unidentified Photographer, [S. Gentile, Troop G, 11th U.S. Cavalry, Imperial Beach, California], 1910-20 (2011.14.8)
As always happen when a war is finished, it is difficult to look back and remember. Remembering is an essential action for a person, and for a country too. Sometimes it can be painful but it allows us to elaborate our national story and not to repeat the same mistakes.
Unidentified Photographer, [U.S. Marine], ca. 1920 (1083.1990)
Furthermore remembering our soldiers in an act of respect for those who battled for and defended us.
While wars can be traumatic for many soldiers, please don’t hide; on Memorial Day, please think about the soldiers and try to be helpful.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Untitled, 1959 (30.2005)
Remembrance is a gentle act that can help soldiers distance themselves from their own difficult memories.