Memorial Day got me thinking about how America passes its values from one generation to the next. I was irked by how Memorial Day has lost its meaning — honoring American war dead.
In my work with CEOs, I call that concept The Wisdom of the Campfire.
We have two uniquely different holidays:
Memorial Day, the third Monday in May to honor American war dead
Veterans Day, the 11th day of the 11th month to honor American veterans
It is not a hard distinction to make and yet we fail to make it constantly.
There are other American values that are also evaporating from the American psyche. In no particular order, here they are: