“We cherish too, the poppy red that grows on fields where valor led. It seems to signal to the skies that blood of heroes never dies.” -Moina Michael
I find it odd that the word happy would be used as an adjective to describe Memorial Day. After all, there really isn’t anything happy about it. Isn’t it supposed to be a day of remembrance of those military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice? To me it seems appreciative would be a better word choice.
Maybe it is because I am a military mom with a son and a son-in-law in the Navy that makes me a bit upset when I hear people refer to this somber day as a day to party and have fun! I have had the privilege to find other military moms on the Internet, some who have first-hand knowledge that freedom comes with a price. And that price was the very child who once grew under their heart. In my opinion forgetting the importance of this day is disrespecting the memory of those who have died in the line of duty for a hot dog and a beer.
Memorial Day Weekend is the second most popular holiday (4th of July being the first) where it seems the only thing being honored is the barbecue grill. Many can find the time to go shopping for a bathing suit but cannot spare the time to actually honor, in some way, those men and women who died serving this country. Memorial Day should not be known as the beginning of summer, store sales, or a day off from work or school. Military members and their families take this day very seriously. And to be honest, when the true meaning of this holiday gets lost somehow it is like a slap in the face!
Once known as Decoration Day, a day in which people decorated the graves of fallen soldiers has turned into Memorial Day, a day in which many graves are ignored and neglected.
I wonder how many know about the National Moment of Remembrance. All Americans, as an act of national unity, are asked to reflect and remember our fallen heroes at 3:00 pm on Memorial Day. Will you be taking a few moments to reflect and remember the reason you are able to live so free?
Here is the real definition of Memorial Day. It is the day in which we honor and remember those military members who never came home. Period!
© Cheryl Wright 2014
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