Memorial Day

Memorial Day, traditionally observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates and honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. In the observance of the Memorial Day, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each gravesite at national cemeteries.

A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

However many retailers have it all wrong. I hear Memorial Day sales, savings, everywhere. Only a few like Home Depot or World Market, have more common sense by saying Saturday sales instead.

Some of the websites, such as USA Federal Holidays don’t post any pictures related to the Memorial Day. All their image spaces are taken by advertising.

Oh well.

Saying ‘Happy Memorial Day’ is inappropriate according to The Washington Post website.  The writer was particularly upset about watching people celebrating Memorial Day and seeing “Marines and sailors paraded around for community relations and recruiting purposes.” He didn’t want to watch any parades. The writer became angry when he heard a commercial about kicking off the summer in style, in connection with the Memorial Day. Everyone was more concerned with having a barbecue and going shopping than pausing to appreciate the cost of our freedom to do so.

Memorial Day is a day to remember our WAR DEAD. Not anything else.

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