I take the comic strips very seriously, just ask my wife. I probably over-analyze a lot of things in the funnies that most people think is just stupid. Today, I noticed that very few comic strips observed Memorial Day. In fact, I only counted 4.
Yesterday, a handful of Sunday strips did a little tribute which was nice. You are able to do a bit more with Sunday strips than with the dailies. Opus had a very nice strip. Agnes characteristically waxed poetic. Doonesbury and Mallard Fillmore did their patented political statements. I’m sure there’s some sincerity in there somewhere, but it comes off that way to me. On to the strips that recognized Memorial Day on Memorial day.
Marvin surprised me with a nice tribute.
Frazz hit the nail on the head with the way Memorial Day is inappropriately sensationalized into a weekend sale promotional. His little buddy Caulfield also had some good comments as well. Very well done.
Dennis the Menace had a unique one liner. Dennis is admiring a statue of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. The statue is obviously bigger than Dennis, so his comment of “Those guys are bigger than life,” really sums up the meaning of Memorial Day.
But for me, the winner of the day was a strip that is quickly becoming one of my favourites. Red and Rover did a very nice job with Red actually going to a cemetery and paying tribute to an uncle on Memorial Day. There is a sense in the last panel that no matter what we do, it’s really just not sufficient, but there at least needs to be an attempt. Red certainly doesn’t understand all the significance of what has happened, but he is willing to do what he can to “memorialize” his uncle.
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
-The Orange Mailman
P.S. Even though Memorial Day is not a Christian holiday, it remains of significance to me since my father served in Vietnam at the cost of losing his right foot. It should be of significance to all of us even if we don’t have a personal story like this.