April 9: A national day of reflection and reconciliation

America needs a holiday dedicated to reflecting on the many ways we have failed to meet our founding ideals. We need such a holiday to reconcile the past with our common hopes for a better future, to ‘bind up the Nation’s wounds’, as Lincoln suggested in his second inaugural address. I suggest we make April 9 that day. Lee surrendered to Grant on April 9, 1865 in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, a month after Lincoln’s second inaugural.