The nation celebrates and remembers those who gave their lives in the service of the country today, but it was not always so. It’s not that Americans didn’t honor their war dead since the inception of Memorial Day, but they did so on May 30th. In fact Vermont was until very recently the last hold-out – the only state to recognize Memorial Day on its original designation of the 30th, rather than on the last Monday of the month.
When that changed it didn’t sit well with Tim Lewis, a native Vermonter who heads the television studies program at Lyndon State College. He recently spoke with Mitch Wertlieb about why it bothers him.