Ever wish you could whisper in the president's ear? Give him advice on issues plaguing the nation? Well, here's your chance to tell the world what you would do if you were president of the United States. Twice weekly, we'll ask our readers a question about an issue facing the nation and post your responses here.
Over the years, Memorial Day has come to mean a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer for many Americans, but it began with a much deeper meaning. The national holiday, set aside for citizens to honor those who died in the service of their country, has roots going back to the Civil War. Originally known as Decoration Day, many Americans have forgotten the origins and the purpose of the holiday.
If you were president, would you do more to remind Americans that Memorial Day is about honoring American troops who have died in combat? If so, what would it be?
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"First, I would thank the troops for their service to our country. After all, it is not their fault that they were sent into a senseless war. Secondly, I would apologize to the troups for sending them into a war under false pretenses. Thirdly, I would bring them home." — Carol
"If I were president, I'd make sure our returning soldiers get the same medical care that I receive as commander in chief. Are our troops getting all their needs met? I'm not so sure. They deserve nothing but the best for all their sacrifice for their country. This is how I would show my gratitude." — Stanley
"I would like to see students do beautification projects around veterans' hospitals or do a special project where they all interact with veterans' groups such as the DAV or VFW. This will leave them with a lifelong impression and a better respect for the commitment that our men and women have made to this country. Perhaps I'd have them adopt a grave and then do a paper on that veteran's history, along with reasons why his or her commitment to our military and our nation was so important." — Tom
"My father retired from the Army and has had his benefits cut down to next to nothing. I served in the Marine Corps and did not make it a career, as I felt the government had let the military down and would continue to do so. I am accurate to date. I believe if I were president, I would do only one thing for American veterans: keep my word." — Carl
"As the son of a Korean and Vietnam War veteran, I think it's important for all Americans to realize how blessed we are to have a military full of volunteers. It's unfortunate that many Americans don't know what Memorial Day represents. As a former military brat, we flew the American Flag on all national holidays that honor America. If I were president, I would use my influence to really make U.S. citizens and all who reside on American soil realize the importance of freedom and democracy." — Ivory (Baytown, TX)
"If I were president, we wouldn't be in a war right now. However, if we were in the war, I would send some of the troops with wives and children home, so they could be with their family for the holiday. The flags at the Capitol and the White House would be at half staff, and I would attend several ceremonies, and pray at Arlington Cemetery." — Kyle (Austin, TX)
"If I were president, I would enforce Memorial Day with federal law. Americans would have to attend offical events throughout the day, and those who do not cheer or show proper reverence for our troops could be put in jail." — James
"There needs to be a history lesson televised regarding the founding of Memorial Day and reminding Americans of the conflicts and wars in which our fighting men and women lost their lives! There needs to be a patriotic program and a prayer and a 'thank you' to all the families that lost loved ones, and the families that currently have family members in the military! — Teresa
"I would start by cutting government employees' pay by 10 percent, including Congress. Then, I would give the military a 10 percent pay raise, and give all active military and veterans free flights home. Our Air Force pilots would have a allotted amount of air time that would be used to fly the boys home when they are on leave. I would ask all citizens to fly the flag until the war is over." — Windel (California)
"If I were president, on Memoral Day I would ask all Americans give thanks to all who has served. Memorial Day is a time to remember why we, as Americans, are free to live and worship as we choose. From the Revolutionary War through the war in Iraq, more than one million men and women have died so that we can live freely. It is a privilege and honor to live in a free nation, but it is never a guarantee. Abraham Lincoln honored these citizens by recognizing that they 'gave the last full measure of devotion' to pass on this precious inheritance to our children and grandchildren." — Alan
"I would have a special ceremony in every working establishment to honor all veterans who served their country. I would call them out, shake their hands, and thank them." — Dennis
"I believe the president should take a moment on Memorial Day to speak to the American people and remind everyone how important it is to honor our fallen heroes of all wars. It is a special day to reflect upon the many that have died for this country, even going back to the year 1776. To most Americans, it is a three-day weekend, traveling and visiting with friends and enjoying an outing. However, in most cities around the country there are memorial services and prayers for the fallen. Even the vets need to be thought of and remembered by society, with so many of them being disabled from the wars. God Bless our service members." — Don (Bountiful, UT)
"I come from a small town in Minnesota. My father was a World War II vet and member of the local VFW. Every Memorial Day we traveled to five or six cemeteries as the VFW would fire their WWII weapons over the graves of fallen comrades. If president, I would assure that every local cemetery with an American war hero buried in it was afforded the same tribute our local VFW showed to those who'd fallen before them. God bless America, and may our president and military members be strong in the face of terror abroad." — Jeff (ND)
"After being attacked and lives lost, with soldiers in battle, there shouldn't have to be a question as to whether we should do more to celebrate Memorial Day. Of course, the president should make a special broadcast to the people reminding us all how much we should love and support our soldiers, and not the same old speech on terrorism he does so often. Just the facts — and make it brief! For once, the media should speak positively and not negatively about the war. Sometimes, I wonder if the Left has ever read anything on the history of the U.S. and how it got this far! " — J.S. (Cincinnati, OH)
"Many people consider Memorial Day as just another three-day holiday from their jobs, but it is so much more. It is a day when all Americans should come together to thank the men and women who are serving every day in our armed forces around the world. Americans need to remember all those who died in other wars to keep this country safe from tyranny." — Shirley (Houston, TX)
"If I were president, I would pay a surprise visit to either the troops in Iraq or Afghanistan. It's important they know they are supported 110 percent." — Carol
"To honor our soldiers and remind Americans to honor our war dead, I would give a speech vowing not to put our soldiers in harms way in order to increase America's global presence. In this speech, I would vow to trade with all countries but not to get involved in what Jefferson called 'foreign entanglements,' which often necessitate military intervention. I would vow to balance our budget and pay down debt, so the military was not assailed for spending so much money when, despite the highest tax revenues ever, government is still spending beyond its means." — Michael
"For starters, I would honor the heroes and heroines that died serving our country by making it a policy to focus more on care of all veterans and their families than on illegal immigrants. Turning our nation's back on those vets who served and survived makes the sacrifices of those who died even more of a tragedy. The children of our fallen heroes would get a free college education without having to beg for it. All of the do-nothing-for-anyone-but-yourself types could pay for their own tuition instead of sucking up grants that should go to people that deserve them." — Fed Up in VA
"I agree with Jim's comments below. Authentic history is not being taught in our schools anymore. The history of war is on the back burner to dumb down our children. Liberalism and the ACLU have tampered with our lives, ignoring our history and destroying our culture and beliefs. Our freedoms to practice our religion and cultural beliefs have been slowly taken away from us. It is frightening to listen to grown young adults who don't even know our president and vice president by name!" — Jones
"If I were president, I wouldn't send people to war unless I was confident that there were achievable milestones that we could attain, all aligned toward decisive victory. If I were president, I would not think of our soldiers as little people who are there to serve my whims. I would communicate directly with the American people and take on the opposition directly. I would be able to justify my actions publicly and directly." — Michael
"My number one priority to honor America's veterans would be to act with strength. Every combat death is in vain when a politician acts contrary to principle. President Bush and the U.S. Senate are now in the process of selling out to corporate America and a hostile segment of the minority populations who wish to undermine America on the immigration issue. For Bush and the Senate to cave to these forces of sedition is pure cowardice. This deliberate abandonment of the duty to protect America dishonors each and every veteran who died for us. Shame on Bush and the U.S. Senate. Cowards." — Scott (Yakima, WA)
"If I were president, I would remind all Americans that it is their responsibility to recognize and honor those people who have served their country with pride and honor. We, as Americans, must stop relying on our elected representatives and the media to act as our surrogates, and step forward to honor those individuals who have helped to make this country free and great. I will be attending memorial services this weekend in my community, and I don't need to be reminded to do so by a bunch of political hacks and media moguls." — Gary
"If I were president, I would do more to help our homeless vets, and see that they have better healthcare at the V.A. hospitals, and that their benefits are easier to get." — Kathy
"If I were president, to make Americans more aware of the true meaning of Memorial Day, I would suggest that all nonessential businesses close, just as they do on Christmas, and encourage Americans to get together, either with families or in groups, such as neighbors (block parties) or whole communities, to celebrate and honor our fallen military personnel. As an example, I would have a celebration on the White House lawn and encourage Americans to do the same. We need to teach our young the real reason we celebrate Memorial Day and instill patriotism in them." — Beverly
"President Bush should host a primetime T.V. special where he would take an hour or so to educate the public on the meaning and importance of Memorial Day. He could have veterans and their families come on and tell stories of how their sacrifices molded the future of America. Starting with the Revolutionary War and ending with the war in Iraq, I think this would be the best way to reach a majority of Americans, and it might even help his poll numbers." — Jake (Ada, OH)
"If I were president, I would give every veteran tax-free status after 20 years of service. Now that would be an incentive to join. Lines would be around the blocks at recruiting stations." — Michael
"As president I would ban protests and news media from all cemeteries before, during and after military burials. I would also remove all news groups from war zone." — F.G.
"If I was president, I would get down on my knees and kiss the ground these brave men and women walk on! They choose to do a job that risks life and limb for the benefit of others. Moreover, it's a job that the majority of their fellow Americans are too selfish or cowardly to consider performing themselves. They're truly the best of the best our country has to offer. Thank god for all of our veteran heroes past, present and future!" — Greg (Lake Mary, FL)
"It seems to me that most Americans think Memorial Day is about hamburgers, hot dogs, and beer. Yes, I think more should be done to remind us all of what these people have done so we can enjoy the freedom to complain. What would I do? I don't know. People wouldn't listen to a speech or watch TV. Maybe a party on the Capitol lawn with fireworks, and lots and lots of soldiers." — Debbie
"No, I would not do more to encourage people to observe Memorial Day. The president observes this day openly and invites others to do the same. The celebration of this holiday, as well as all other holidays, is up to each individual and should remain that way. We can honor our fallen every day by having a private moment of silence whenever we wish. It is up to each family to learn the origins of this holiday, then decide how to observe it." — Brackeen
"I think most people have forgotten what Memorial Day is all about. I don’t think it should be a holiday. I think all workplaces need to have a moment of silence to appreciate the sacrifices that have been made so we can live free in this country. My husband is currently serving, and everyday I think about all the soldiers who have lost their lives." — Tania (Ft. Drum, NY)
"Memorial Day should be treated as a time of remembrance of our nation's military who have given the ultimate sacrifice so we can be spoiled and self-centered brats. Our nation's freedoms just didn't happen by chance. A lot of work and sacrifice by our military has kept us safe. We don't teach history in our great school systems, so it is no wonder that most Americans don't know enough about the military and American history, specifically Memorial Day. America needs to wake up and appreciate our military for the freedoms that they have helped us obtain. If we don't, we could easily lose these freedoms that we take for granted!" — Jim