This morning, I opened up my FaceBook page and saw several holiday greetings to the public at large... "Happy Memorial Day"
Memorial day is not a "happy" holiday. It is a day of remembrance and is really a solemn occasion. Has the American public become so hedonistic to think it is just a day of play and the start of the Summer Vacation season?
We see the local news coverage on the TV and they do their bit, usually 10 minutes into the broadcast, about some veteran who survived some horrific event in his military career. They show the military cemeteries and the American flag waving in the breeze while "Taps" is played by a lone bugler. Some times, a military fly-over is scheduled, just prior to or following a 21 gun salute.
Nobody watches... They are busy at the picnic grounds, the lake, sight seeing, or some other care free activity surrounding a BBQ grill.
Memorial Day was expanded to include not only those who gave their lives for their country, but all of those who have gone before us. I remember. I remember my grandparents, who fled war torn Russia in the early 20th century, for the land of opportunity. I remember my uncles, who fought in WWII and Korea, for our side. They were first generation Americans. I remember my parents, who along with a brother, are interred at Fort Logan in Denver. My dad didn't even speak English until he started school. His three older brothers fought in WWII against the country of our origin and my dad was in Korea. Not to forget my brother, who in peace time still served in the Navy.
Enjoy your holiday, but keep in mind - it is not a happy holiday at all.