The Corner

Veterans Day

I was at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday, doing a little book research (for the next one, not this one). There was a funeral service for a general officer. I’ve been to the cemetery before but I’d never witnessed a funeral. They’re held only on weekdays, and I’d always done the tourist thing on weekends. Anyway, it was an impressive sight: flag-draped casket, black caisson pulled by horses, a band marching in step, a well-appointed family of mourners. Our country does a few things really, really well. Honoring our deceased veterans at national cemeteries is one of them.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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