Celebrating Memorial Day

I must be getting curmudgeonly in my old age, especially when it comes to holidays such as Memorial Day.  I always thought this was a day to remember and honor those who’ve served in our Armed Forces.  Lately I’ve noticed that the day seems to have morphed into a catch-all “remembering day” – including everything from the 1960s picnic where Uncle Harry crammed green beans up his nose and they got stuck to a favorite movie, tune, photo album, class reunion, or ice cream flavor.

There’s nothing wrong with any of that, and I’m glad for a day when friends and families can get together, reminisce and re-connect.  Just so long as they do it in conjunction with – and not replacing or over-riding – the original intent of Memorial Day.

Call me “old-fashioned,” but I think that Memorial Day should be reserved as a day to honor the sacrifice and service of fallen men and women who donned our Armed Forces uniforms with honor. I also think that “re-packaging” Memorial Day as just another day to look back on fond moments and happy memories misses the point.

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What do you think?

Some food for thought, courtesy of The Patriot Post:

“[L]et us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us re-consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.” –Dwight Eisenhower

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” –Sir Winston Churchill

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” –Calvin Coolidge

“Not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions, but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.” –Pericles

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