Beautiful tribute, Cher. You have given us a real meaning of this holiday by your understanding and compassion.
I would never wish anyone a “Happy Memorial Day.” It is a solemn holiday. I was surprised this morning, when, one of the TV commentators, as he was signing off, wished everyone a “Happy Memorial Day.” He is a very intelligent person, and I’m assuming this was a great “slip of the tongue” on his part.
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This is a repost from Memorial Day, May, 2014. I hope you like it.
When I first moved to Chicago, I was quite confused about this particular holiday. Even now it still brings a bit of misunderstanding on my part. I have people wishing me a, “Happy Memorial Day”. To me, this seems rather ironic, since the day is about paying homage to those extremely brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice in duty to their country.
I was told that Memorial Day is all of that which I just noted; however, I guess the “Happy” part is that it also encompasses the start of the Summer season. I mean this with all my heart when I say I am not trying to judge this dichotomy of today; nonetheless, I still find myself focusing more on those that have made the ultimate sacrifice…
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It seems many holidays are trivialized, unfortunately. At least we have Memorial Day each year, and people are exposed to the true purpose of it.
Thanks for your comment, Richard. Yes, I agree. Too many of our patriotic holidays are trivialized – Veterans’ Day, is another example. And, I believe more people are focused on the BBQ and a 3-day weekend, than for the meaning of the day.
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