It occurred to me yesterday that since I’d commemorated every other awesome patriotic holiday on my blog, I’d be grossly lacking and remiss if I failed to highlight Memorial Day. Contrary to the belief of some, this is not just a day that marks the beginning of the American Summer Vacation season.
Memorial Day, celebrated on the third Monday of each May, has it’s roots in the Civil War. A holiday was created to honor the dead of the Union Army, and while this exclusionary practice continued for some time, Southerners adopted similar practices. Eventually, the holiday was established by Congressional authority as we now know it.
For those curious, dedicated, and patriotic, common practice is to fly the flag at half-staff in honor and rememberance of those military who died in the service of their country. At noon, the flag is then raised to full staff, indicating that we are resolved that their sacrifice was not made in vain. In many Federal military cemeteries, volunteers place small flags before the headstones of the fallen.
Like I will always say on these posts, please don’t thank me, because not only have I not died in service, I am also just as thankful for their sacrifice as everyone else is. In all our nation’s wars, over one million men and women have died protecting the rest of us and protecting the principles we live under in freedom.
I’m not going to rant about the apparent lack of focus on this weekend. If I were one of those million-plus, I like to think I’d be happy that the rest of you could enjoy the weekend in any way you like because of my small part. Just keep in mind what the tickets, ice cream, hot dogs, and other fun aspects you’re enjoying right now were bought and paid with.