Today is Memorial Day here in the U.S. of A., and that means flags and parades, barbecues and beers… Well, that’s pretty much how we all celebrate it, but the real meaning of the day is a remembrance of those who have fallen in the service of the country’s armed forces. Those of you who have served your country and are still alive don’t have to wait until Veteran’s Day in November for your acknowledgement, we’ll give you a hearty handshake and a thank you today as well.
The holiday began in 1868 as Decoration Day when the graves of those who died in wars would be decorated with flags and flowers. Not to insult or undermine the solemnity of the day, but this being a blog about cars, I thought that we could as well consider the makes that have sought to serve our motoring needs here in the U.S., but are now no longer with us. I wonder, which of those – Oldsmobile, Hudson, Bricklin… the list is seemingly endless – is most worthy of memorializing, or at least raising a beer in its honor?