As I was reading the newspapers online yesterday I saw a poll on CNN. The poll question was: “Do you remember the original meaning of Memorial Day?” 79% of the people who answered said no. I was surprised at that response. But then again I’m 50 years old with a father who was a Veteran of a Foreign War, two retired Navy brothers, an Air Force nephew and multiple cousins and uncles in the military. I think that brings a keen understanding for me anyway. The relationship to military is strong in our family and with that comes respect.
I brought the Poll question up with Sweet Husband and Daughter yesterday and they were both surprised at the large amount of the ‘no’ answers. Sweet Daughter knew that Memorial Day was more than a day to get a good price on a mattress. She acknowledge that when she drove by the cemetery earlier in the day there were many flags out and she knew the holiday was to honor the war dead.
It’s amazing and odd how our holidays have been diluted into ways to ‘save money’ buying crap that we don’t need. In our house we lament how holidays have morphed into ‘shopping days’ as well as end and beginning of seasons. We wonder when the 9/11 sales will start…hopefully never. That horrible day has already been bastardized in so many different ways.
So with that said, it’s not just a day to mark the beginning of summer. We know that usually starts on July 5th.