For most American’s Memorial Day means it’s time to head to the beach (In Philly it means going down the shore) and/or sparking up your grill.
What I’m confused about is how a holiday that is suppose to commemorate the deaths of the men and women who served in our armed forces, translated into hamburgers, hotdogs, ribs, potato salad and beaches.
It seems that the only people celebrating Memorial day the way it was intended are people remembering the lives of their loved ones who perished in some war America decided it needed to be apart of.
Given we all feel like we’re doing our parts by giving shout outs via social media, but for the most part we, myself included see the holiday as means to gather with our family and friends who may or may not have served in the armed forces to partake in grilled foods, salty snacks, cold salads, beer/spirits and shit talking.
kinda seems is ignorant (and selfish) as hell of us, again myself included to be happy and excited about a three day weekend that we were given at the cost of a whole lot of people losing their lives. I think we should only be allowed to take off on Monday if we lost a loved one who served in the armed forces or plan on doing something service related, like spending time with vets at a nursing home. Seems fair to me, roll your eyes if you want but you know in your heart I’m right. Ain’t nan one of us doing a damn thing close to commemorating the deaths of those who served in any of the wars of the past.
While I appreciate my day off, I think the celebration of the holiday is one of many reasons America has a bad rap.
Only in America does fallen soldiers equate to the kickoff of beach and bbq season.