Sunday, May 27, 2007

Memorial Day

In the United States, tomorrow is Memorial Day, a day to remember all those who have died but especially those who have died while in the armed services protecting our country. During war years, such as we are in now, this day is particularly poignant.

I always feel somewhat ambiguous about Memorial Day. It is also considered the unofficial start of summer and is generally marked by barbecues (I went to one today) and pool and beach openings. There are also big sales at the stores. When I was young the stores were actually closed for the summer holidays - Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Now they are just an occasion for more shopping.

The true meaning of Memorial Day gets lost in the fray, even though there are still servicepeople who will line up in parades and masses to be said at cemeteries. Saying "Happy Memorial Day!" doesn't seem quite right. It really isn't supposed to be a happy day. It is a day to remember, to be thankful for those who sacrificed so that we might be free.

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