It's not just me, is it? Don't you hear it all week long leading up to Memorial Day weekend? In a way, I wish Congress had just left things alone. [I think that a LOT.] Monday holidays have made us forget instead of remember. Presidents' Day instead of Washington's Birthday. [And it NEVER falls on his actual birthday which is the 22nd]. Columbus Day is on the 12th of October rarely. But the big one that got moved is Memorial Day. Some celebrations still occur on the, but most Americans seem pre-occupied with cookouts and get-togethers. And those who remember think of it as another Veterans Day.
It is a day to honor the dead. More specifically, the servicemen & servicewomen who paid the ultimate price for their service to our country. And by extension, those who served who later died. My grandfather served on a submarine in WWI. Memorial Day is for him. And for millions like him. And someday it will be for my Dad who turns 84 this week and was aboard a troop transport in WWII. Those who march in the parades are honoring THEM. If their is a parade in your town tomorrow [or next Saturday], GO. The cookouts can wait. Buy a poppy. Visit a cemetery and look at all of the flags. These are the folks who fought for your freedom and the freedom of your neighbors and friends. Maybe your answer will be different this time.