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Pat McMahon

A holiday

Well, for most of us this is the beginning of a holiday weekend and I hope you have fun plans. There will be a lot of pool time and backyard grilling going on, but perhaps it wouldn't be a bad idea to recall, for just a moment, what the holiday is.

Will your kids know what we momorialize on Memorial Day? As I see flags lowered to half-staff or row after row of grave markers at Arizona National Memorial Cemetery or Arlington or Normandy, it's painful to reflect on how many of them didn't always understand why they were asked to sacrafice their lives.

But they did anyway, because they were soldiers and they didn't have time to debate whether a war was just or unjust -- or even whether it was a congressionally declared war or not. Great-grandfathers knew what WWII was about -- Hitler wanted to rule the world. Korea wasn't quite so clear. Vietnam created more questions than victories and those doubts have continued through confrontations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The only constant is all those graves and that's who we salute this weekend.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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