I'm just going to take a moment to remind you all that Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who gave their life in service to this country. It is not a time to reminisce about just anyone who has passed away, or even any veteran who has.
My father served in WWII, but he survived it and went on to marry and have children (thanks, dad!). He did not die as a result of serving in WWII. And while I appreciate the Boy Scouts who put a flag on his grave every year because it says USMC on his stone, they are missing the point.
And, while no day is inappropriate to be appreciative of the service of every veteran -living or dead- look to the vets who recognize that today is for the ones with whom they served but did not return.
Rejoice in the freedom you have, be thankful to all who helped secure it --even those who fought in wars that were contrived, because their sacrifice is no less if the war was deemed unjust. And remember solemnly that there were many who volunteered and did not come back.