Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

I've always thought that it was a bit odd to go around saying "Happy Memorial Day" on a day that is better spent in quiet reflection. What started out as a day to morn the fallen has become an excuse to take time off from work, go to the beach or mountains with family and friends and although a lot of us do go to a parade that ends at at quite and respectful ceremony at a local graveyard the whole expereance seems more like a shared forced obligation than a personal and solemn act of respect for those that have sacrificed so much. We have become a nation that takes it's very existence for granted.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But isn't that the case with all our holidays? Does Labor Day celebrate the working man, or the end of Summer? Is the fourth Thursday in November a day to give thanks [and remember, Thanks requires someone to thank!] or the beginning of the Christmas, er, holiday shopping season? Holidays are just a reason to close the government down and give people a three day weekend. When the Fourth of July becomes a three day weekend, I quit!