A lot of people look forward to the long weekend. Grocery stores are stocked with everything for a barbeque. People will celebrate. Some will use this day as yet another excuse to over-indulge in alcohol.
What’s the celebration all about anyway?
Is it possible that the day has completely lost its original intent and that a lot of people have absolutely no clue what the celebration is about?
Seriously, how many people truly care what the day is really about?
In recent years it seems there has been more attention paid and more awareness provided about the true meaning of the day. As a result, there are a lot of people who have had their eyes opened whether they want to or not.
Although celebrated the final Monday in May, USA Memorial Day 2016 is actually May 30th, not the final Monday in May, which this year is May 25th. Because of this, a lot of people are unaware of what the day is really about, let alone that it isn’t the actual day.
We’re celebrating our freedom. We’re not celebrating those who lost their lives serving their country. We are honoring and remembering them.
Long weekends are great but because of the act that went into effect in the 1970’s that declared Memorial Day, Martin Luther King’s birthday, and President’s Day national holidays that are to be celebrated on a Monday to create long weekends, it has diluted what is really being celebrated. It has made all 3-day weekends more like Labor Day than the holidays they are supposed to be.
Labor Day was intended to be a day for the hard-working person to celebrate, party, and barbeque. The intent was/is for people to enjoy an extra day to celebrate the hard work they do the rest of the year. That’s why it’s on a Monday.
President’s Day became one holiday, a Monday that combined two holidays: Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and George Washington’s birthday, holidays that used to be celebrated on the actual birthdays regardless of the day of the week, although if they occurred on a weekend, they were celebrated on the subsequent Monday.
Memorial Day has become like the others. Veteran’s Day continues to be celebrated on November 11th regardless of the day of the week.
Reward yourself with an extra day off work. Enjoy your barbeque and whatever festivities you have planned but remember there are people who have died so you can have the day you are celebrating.
The word memorial is about remembering those who are no longer with us.
We give thanks on Thanksgiving.
Is Memorial Day not another form of Thanksgiving?
Take time to honor, remember, and give thanks to those who have given their lives so you can enjoy this holiday.
May 30th, consider sending condolences to someone who lost a loved one while serving their country.
Bob enjoys barbecues and holidays as much as anyone but believes too many people have lost sight of what certain holidays represent, in this case Memorial Day.
He hopes everyone enjoys the day and the long weekend but will take time to remember those who have made the day and weekend possible and who we are supposed to be remembering.