Many times people do cling too closely to traditions. The Moscow Military Parade was not really necessary while the country was hanging together by a thread during the German invasion in World War II. Other cultures hang on to traditions that are silly and have little relevance to modern society. In short, cultures do not need to celebrate out dated traditions.
I believe that other countries, more than the United States, cling to their traditions too much. I think other countries have more of that pomp and circumstance, a show of force or patriotism, more than we do. I cannot see the U.S. clinging to traditions that simply run through the motions without really serving a purpose, during times of war or imminent danger.
Some of these traditions, around the world, have the foundation of existence by either good or bad reasoning. It will not be by the hands of an individual but by the majority that traditions borne from ill spirits will fade into history. In America, I am witnessing traditions that involve racism are wisely fading.
The past is often too easily forgotten and we must cling to our traditions as a society. With the relentless march of technology, society tends to focus on what is new and throw the old by the wayside. Through traditions we can pay respects to our ancestors, to whom we owe a great due. We must not forget our roots.