Just another holiday, right? Another opportunity for a long weekend, and a short work week! Take a minute and think about this day. Memorial day has a long history, has been celebrated at different times and in different forms by every state in the Union, and it is one of those quintessential American holidays that (should!) bring us all together as one.
In an age where everything has been tainted by politics and constant reminders of how "different" we are, Memorial day is quite simple. Thanksgiving has been lost to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Christmas has lost its innocence to complicated religions and petty bickering about phrasing. All Memorial Day wants us to do is to remember where we come from, remember those people who we have to thank for getting and keeping us here, and to have a really great barbeque, with maybe some fried chicken!
There is a lot to be said for a day like this. Forget the spring cleaning chores and stress, buy ground beef in bulk, a few dozen hamburger buns, some family-sized bags of chips, and all of those condiments that are absolutely necessary! Go out to a nearby park and claim one of those tables that sit out there empty all of the time. Take the dog. Hell, take the neighbors dog!
Take the kids, because they are what we did this for.
And while you are doing all of this, spare a thought for all of the men and women who have made this possible. Those who have truly given that "last, full measure of devotion". And say a prayer for those of us who came back broken beyond repair. Tell a vet "thank you". Go to a hospital and let them know that they have not been forgotten, and that their sacrifice has not been in vain.