Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day - More Than BBQs and a Day Off

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May in the U.S and commemorates U.S. men and women who perished while in military service to their country. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include casualties of any war or military action.

While I have many in my family who have served in the military, I am fortunate not to have had any lost in military service. However, I grew up in a family who honored those lost in military service every single Memorial Day. I have attended many services on many Memorial Days and have participated in many as a member of Girl Scouts and school bands when I was growing up.

It seems to me that there are fewer people out there spending Memorial Day as anything other than one more day off, a day to play, a day to get a few more things done, part of a long weekend that affords the opportunity to travel. That saddens me.

No matter your opinion of wars that have been fought and the political decisions behind those wars, it seems the least we can do to one day out of the year take time to honor those who gave their lives fighting for their, and our, country. I salute those that have given their lives in service for the U.S. I offer hugs and sympathy to the families of the fallen. I think it isn't too much to ask that we all take a few minutes out of our day filled with fun and frolic to appreciate those that have made the greatest sacrifice that one can make so that we can have these days of fun and frolic.

Yes, even this bleeding heart liberal is a big fan of Memorial Day.


Summer said...

I too grew up in a family that took Memorial Day seriously as it was intended. My two son's are Eagle Scouts and their troop marches in the parade every year.

Val said...

I know what you mean, but this year we celebrated a Memorial Day of a different sort -- since my "god-sister" passed away last Thurs, the family visitation/rosary was last night.
Funeral today.

Trueself said...

Summer - I'm so glad I've moved back to an area where Memorial Day is commemorated well. It has been too long, and I've missed it. Then again, I missed most of it this year staying home with N while he fought off this ugly virus that is going around.

Val - I'm so sorry for your loss.