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Why We Need To Stop Saying “Happy Memorial Day”

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Today was Memorial Day.  As I was out and about, I was greeted several times by what I’m sure were well-meaning folks with “Happy Memorial Day!”

And I have to be honest:  It made me a little irritated to be wished a “Happy Memorial Day.”

Memorial Day is NOT a happy occasion.  Would you say “Happy Anniversary on the death of your husband/wife/son/daughter?”  Of course you wouldn’t!

How many people in this country (The United States) really understand what Memorial Day is all about?  Apparently, not nearly enough.

For those of you who need a refresher, Memorial Day is a day set aside each year for our nation to honor those men and women in the military who have made the ultimate sacrifice:  They have died to preserve the rights we so easily take for granted as Americans.

Memorial Day is a national day of mourning.

What Memorial Day should NOT be is an opportunity for dealerships to offer special discounts to sell more cars and for department stores to hold Memorial Day sales.

“Yay!  It’s Memorial Day!  We’re having sales!  Come buy stuff!”

Regardless of your political affiliation, your opinion about this war or that military action, exploiting a national day of mourning to honor our deceased servicemen and servicewomen to make a buck is, in my opinion, a slap in the face to every man and woman who has died in service to this country and to everyone they’ve left behind.

I am immensely grateful to everyone currently serving in the military, to our veterans, and especially to those who gave their lives to preserve my freedom both as an American AND as a female.  Thank you.

And to everyone else, I wish you a Respectful Memorial Day.

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