Memorial Day Observance

May 25, 2012 by
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I am a self-professed American  history dork.  This weekend is one of those times where I read articles and see things on TV that make me wonder if grown-ups need to go back to school!

To many it’s just a three-day weekend, but Memorial Day is about honoring the men and women who died while serving our country. It’s about those who aren’t with us anymore.   Many times I see MOS (man-on-the-street) interviews on Memorial Day, and people profess it’s all about thanking our veterans.  Um, no, that’s Veteran’s Day which is in November.  It’s about honoring the veterans’ fallen friends.

In just a few weeks, I’ll hear the same stuff said about Independence Day.  “It’s about thanking our Veterans.”  Again, no.  That day is about celebrating the fact that we severed ties from the British.  I remember one particular 4th of July when I was producing a TV newscast, and a photographer was sent out to get some MOS interviews.  He had to ask 20 people about why we celebrate Independence Day before he got a correct answer.  That correct answer was from a kid!

The holidays mentioned above are interconnected, but there is a separate holiday for each part of our American heritage.  I gladly shout from the rooftops every chance I get that I have so many family members who served in the military or are currently serving (and try to thank them every chance I get), but Memorial Day is about honoring those who did not make it home.

And for heaven’s sake, don’t say HAPPY Memorial Day.  Think about it.

Amidst all the burgers and brats and red, white, and blue this weekend, I hope you get a chance to reflect upon the real reason for the holiday, those who sacrificed their lives for our country.

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