Why We Shouldn’t Say “Happy” Memorial Day - And What To Do Instead
Over the years, annual Memorial Day celebrations put the lives of our fallen heroes on centerstage. Remembering their sacrifices as the ultimate payment for our freedom is central to the whole event. What’s noble and honorable as the movements are, we may never really understand what it means to be head-first in the war.
Although we may have clear intentions of expressing appreciation and gratitude to our military, it will not always fare well to those who were physically, mentally, and emotionally-scarred in the battlefield- and here are some of the reasons why:
Others think of Memorial Day as a summer kickoff.
Set in May, there are a number of citizens - albeit unintentional - who mark the federal holiday as the official start of summer. Coming from veteran Jamie Haskamp, it angers her that Memorial Day has become about beaches, beats, and barbecue - of consumer discounts, booze, and porch buntings. It has become a three-day celebration and break for most. It’s all about themselves and being “free,” not the people behind this way of life.
Instead of thanking them for their service, we must remember why the holiday is called its name in the first place: it’s supposed to be in MEMORY of those who couldn’t live the freedom they fought for today. It’s paying homage to those men and women. It’s not supposed to be of a “happy” vibe.
What to do
Pause, reflect, and offer a moment of silence and prayers to the fallen. Thank God for their lives. For the choices they made for our country. For the difference they made. Head over to local cemeteries and adorn the heroes’ graves with wreaths or flowers. Support the patriot’s families through charitable donations. There are a lot of accredited organizations and movements who you can tap for this endeavor.
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Yes, by all means let’s pause and remember the cost of our freedom. But let’s not be quick to jump to the part where we go about enjoying such freedom right away, especially not on Memorial Day. Bring back the true meaning of the heart-wrenching truth behind the holiday. Hoping we don’t lose a service man or woman in our lives before we fully realize what the day is about.