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, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.