"For too many Americans, Memorial Day has become just another day off," said Andy Rooney. How did he want the holiday celebrated? By putting an end to war. "That would be a Memorial Day worth celebrating," he said.
In the video above, Rooney, a veteran of World War II, remembers his fallen friends and takes issue with a common colloquialism. "We use the phrase 'gave their lives,' but they didn't give their lives. Their lives were taken from them," said Rooney.
This segment was originally broadcast on May 29, 2005.