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Memorial Day is not happy

This is Memorial Day weekend 2015

I thinStarsStripesk that some Americans are confused about what this holiday is. No, it is not Labor Day. No, it is not Independence Day. It is not Veterans Day.

I think some folks confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. On Veterans Day we honor our armed forces members who are currently serving or have served in the past. On Memorial Day we “remember” or honor the memories of fallen service members who have died so that we may have the freedoms we hold dear today in America.

I think that one of the problems with holidays is that most Americans identify holidays with long weekends in which they can get away from work and have a good time. Having a good time typically means getting together with family and friends and enjoying good food and cold beer or whatever it is you like to drink.

I have no problems with people having a good time and letting their hair down. I do have a problem with retail personnel greeting me with the saying “Happy Memorial Day”. Brick and mortar and online retailers like to leverage any holiday they can to sell their goods and services. Is that the best we can do?

Sadly enough, there is nothing happy about Memorial Day. People in our past have laid down their lives and paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Their lives enable us to enjoy the freedoms we take for granted every day. Yes, they laid down their lives for idiots that like to burn the American Flag and exercise their 1st amendment rights.

On Monday May 25th let’s remember that our freedoms were purchased with a price. Please take a few moments away from the weekend long festivities to think about this and to be with someone who has lost a loved one and has paid the ultimate sacrifice for us all.

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