First of all, those that are active duty and veterans, for the most part, shut up! This isn’t your day, and if you are one of the ones who believe so, you need to do your homework, and sit down before you dishonor your uniform.
Second of all, for those partying, barbecuing, and carrying on like it was a holiday, you’re dishonoring the very fabric of the holiday and should be ashamed of yourself. How can you go about honoring those who died in war by partying? That would be like your favorite loved one dying, and someone having a kegger at their funeral. Wouldn’t that be just awesome? If not, then stop. If so, please seek professional help immediately.
Thirdly, for those waiting for the sales… the same items will go on sale every holiday that commercialism can try to ruin. I do believe we should have a holiday called National Sales Day. Don’t honor the dead with your wallet, unless you’re giving to an organization to help the families of the dead.
Memorial Day is to memorialize the fallen. In my family, we also included those still listed as POW’s and MIA’s, for we do not know their true fate, and may never do so. It was a day spent between parades, VFW events, and going to the cemetery to honor the dead with flags at their tombstones. We didn’t have parties and what-nots. We made it a personal event for those it was meant for.
Memorial Day was originally Decoration Day in our country. Although many cities lay claim to being the original for Decoration Day, and even more so upsetting that they believe it was a bragging right that they needed to fight over, an old song from before the Civil War ended lays claim to the start of the day of honor. Nella Sweet sang a song mentioning the Confederate women decorating the graves of the dead.
Memorial Day is only for the fallen that fell serving our country. There are many, like in Vietnam, whose souls died but bodies lived on. These men and women never left Vietnam, and are what modern day people would call zombies. I honor them as well. I know what it’s like to see a man that died, but who’s body lived on. He never lived again, he just existed. PTSD kills a soldier, while no one else understands they are dead.
My plans this Memorial Day include something different than usual. Saturday, I will be speaking in honor of my father and all the other brave men and women who’s country killed them with Agent Orange in Vietnam. I will stand proudly in front of a crowd at the steps of the Texas State Capital and tell everyone how, although they may see those who fought in Vietnam, those men and women are merely ghosts, killed by chemicals, rejected by their country, and given no honor for their deaths in the jungles of Asia. I will tell the world how they unwittingly killed their children before they were born, by giving them 2nd Generation Agent Orange, and how Monsanto and our government still denies them the help their bodies or minds, minds still in Vietnam, need.
If you are partying, shopping, or anything else such as these things for Memorial Day, you should be ashamed of yourself. If you’re doing something to honor those that have fallen while serving our great country, you are the real reason that they fought.
If you know of a cemetery that has the fallen in it that is neglected, change the party to a cemetery cleaning party. If your town doesn’t have a Memorial Day parade, start arranging one for next year now. If you know of Gold Star Families in your town, call or send a card thanking them for the sacrifices their family made. Do something to honor those who fought for you!