Memorial Day for the Disappeared

Memorial Day weekend offers an opportunity to honor fallen soldiers, those who fought on our behalf.   But what about those who’ve been caught in undeclared wars, who were never officially in battle, but perished nonetheless?  How might we properly remember civilians caught in political crossfire?

I was in Buenos Aires this week for Pepperdine University's new faculty conference.   The most moving moment in my Argentine experience occurred on a Thursday afternoon.     The Mothers of the Disappeared have been gathering at the Plaza de Mayo for over thirty years.   Each Thursday at 3:30pm, they march behind a banner to demand justice, to seek answers, still longing to know what happened to their children.    Closure remains elusive.

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