I agree with all of you. Please set the "holidays" back where they belong. They don't need to be a reason for a three day weekend. My mother was born on Lincoln's birthday, and my first mil was born on Washington's birthday. My father and my first fil were both born on July 3 so we always had a fun picnic to celebrate. But..
Memorial day is meant for the contemplation of what it means to serve one's country. I do not think greeting someone saying "Happy Memorial Day" is appropriate. I will try saying, "Remember". Below is a piece I sent out to my friends on Google this morning. I hope you understand.
This is for Michael, who served in the States for 19 years, For Stephen who served in Europe and the middle east, for Lew and Roy and for Cyndi who waited at home praying for his safe return.And for many others whose names I do not know. It is for the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who lost someone to some war. It is for my father and all my uncles who served in WWII. I remember all to well the pain in my mother's and grandparent's eyes. I remember the day when I wasn't allowed to make noise because the adults were listening to the radio, and that evening when I first saw a fireworks display. I feel the inexpressible joy when the announcement that the war was over. I am a "sentimental fool" and I still can't look at the picture of the sailor bending a girl over with a very "I'm home!" kiss, or the Viet Nam Wall or an MIA flag without my heart clutching and my eyes watering. I truly appreciate what it means to "serve"
"I thought of you so many nights as I laid down my head"
I thought of you in the cold desert night while I am warm in bed
I thought of you in the day's desert heat in a place where shots ring out
A truly brave American, that's what you're all about.
I thought of you in a country far, doesn't matter about which one
I thought of those who did not return and the pain it caused someone
I thought of those affected still by the hum of helicopters
Or ones who lost their limbs and now depend upon the doctors
I thought of you in jungles, bearing heat, fatigue and more
I thought of you as you trudged along as you never had before
I thought of you with gratitude on this Memorial Day
May God bless you all for what you gave each and every day."
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