For many years I, like many other Americans, wished people a “happy” Memorial Day. I recently realized from listening to those who have lost loved ones in service to our country, that the use of the word “happy” was inappropriate. Now, I am not one for Political Correctness, in fact, I abhor the use of such tactics to silence people so I am not condemning anyone who says happy Memorial Day. I just want to raise awareness of what Memorial Day really means.
In November we have set aside a day to honor all veterans past and present but in May we have set aside a day to honor all those who gave all in the service of our country. This is a day to remember the sacrifice of our men and women that laid down their lives and honor the families of those brave souls. It is not a happy day for those families as it is a solemn reminder that their love ones are not with them. Memorial Day should not be sad but should be solemn in the fact that it is a testament to those whose gave their lives so that we could enjoy the freedoms we have. The freedom that allows us to invite friends and family to cookouts and get-togethers on a day most of us have off from work.
So while you celebrate with good food, friends and family, and all the other activities on this day just take a moment to remember those in your family, friends, and co-workers who have lost people close to them in service to the country, whether in the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, or in local police and fire departments as they have all served to insure freedom and liberty for us all.