What Memorial Day Means

What Memorial Day Means

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Three veterans, who are close friends, share their views about “What Memorial Day means to me ….” They represent three generations who served in uniform on behalf of our nation.

John Zaccheo is a 93-year old World War II veteran, Rotarian, and co-writes monthly commentary pieces with me in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Kim Adamson is a retired Marine, who did four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan—the first in Fallujah at age 49.

Tai Chrysostom is our campaign Tech Director and a former Marine rifleman originally from Logan, Utah, who served a combat tour in Helmand, Afghanistan. He’s also our digital privacy and bitcoin expert.



Below are links to two of my New York Times Op-Ed pieces that were published on Memorial Day weekend in 2016 and 2018. One coincided with the publication of my book, The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan (Knopf/Penguin Random House, 2016). The other piece focuses on the human costs of war for Iraqis and Afghans.

J. Kael Weston, “The Graves of the Marines I Lost,” New York Times, May 28, 2016.

“If you forget my death, then I died in vain.”

Few sentences better distill the spirit of Memorial Day.

J. Kael Weston, “The Other Names We Must Not Forget,” New York Times, May 26, 2018.

Like many of the service members I served alongside, I had courageous American friends die in combat. But those troops are not the only dead I remember each Memorial Day.

I hope you take the time to watch the video and read the New York Times Op-Eds this Memorial Day weekend as we remember and honor all our nation’s war dead and their families.

Thank you for your time and support.

Kael Weston