I look around at people excited to hunker down around the BBQ, participate in all the local shopping sales, and spend that extra day off doing as little as possible.
I find this ironic, when you think about WHAT Memorial Day means. Many of us take Memorial Day for granted. We forget about the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform since the very beginnings of our great nation.
Look, it doesn’t matter where you stood on the issues or whether you actually supported a war or not, those Brothers, Fathers, Sisters and Mothers that we remember on Memorial Day paid the ultimate price because they believed in what they were doing.
They believed that their actions helped keep America Free.
To those who have forgotten, Memorial Day is specifically celebrated to honor our dead, not the living, or those who survived to make it home. Those of us who survive remember those brothers and sisters who fell.
This Memorial Day weekend, millions of Americans will travel the highways, visiting family members and enjoying a 3 day weekend. Many of us will head to the lakes, mountains or malls and big box stores for the hyped sales of cheap goods that are more than likely made in China. As they drive past the cemeteries of forgotten soldiers who died on the other side of the world not so many years ago, they won’t give those men and women a second thought.
I’m not saying that you must spend your Memorial Day weekend at Arlington National Cemetery, but I will ask that you take a moment to remember why this holiday was created in the first place.
Memorial Day wasn’t designed by marketers to rebuild the economy by fattening the wallets of retailers. It wasn’t devised to enrich the bank accounts of gas station owners who raised their prices before we hit the roads on Thursday. It wasn’t thought up by some suit in Washington trying to rebuild the economy single-handedly.
Memorial day is a day dedicated to the remembrance of those who fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we wouldn’t have to.
I’m spending the day with my hands in the ground. It’s the same place that all those heroes are buried. I’m hoping that maybe, just maybe, I’ll get some of their courage by osmosis…
G_d bless them, every one.