I credit Tom Hoopes for making me aware of the cultural importance of what our culture celebrates. And as Tom notes, yes, that includes what Google trumpets on their heavily-trafficked website.
It’s June 6th so naturally Google is commemorating an important anniversary, right?
Yes, Google is celebrating the 79th anniversary of the drive-in theater.
Look I’m not a killjoy. I think the drive-in theater is great. I’m glad that Richard Hollingshead Jr. opened the first drive-in theater in Camden, NJ, back in 1933.
But it’s hard not to cynical and say Google won’t remember D-Day because there’s no commercial gain in tipping their hat in tribute to the brave young Allied men who stormed the beaches and climbed the rocky cliffs of Normandy to liberate a continent from a despotic mad man.
Several of the boys in this photograph are now buried at the cliffs overlooking this beach so that we can watch movies at a drive-in or on our iPad. That’s not meant to make us feel guilty when we take a moment of leisure during our time in this valley of tears. No, I just think we should show a little more reverence for those who put their lives on the line.
My favorite commemoration of their heroism remains the speech President Reagan gave at Normandy in 1984, to mark the 40th anniversary.
No one in my family fought at Normandy that day. But both of my grandfathers fought in the Pacific theater of World War II. And my great uncle, Robert Eddy, perished on Saipan Island just months after Normandy on Dec. 21.
For all those who fought and sacrificed, we should always remember June 6th.