Here we are…Another Memorial Day. It always brings back memories, of those parades, and the itchy wool Marching Band uniforms. Of course, it was always brutally hot that morning. Those Memorial Day parades were celebrations.
Actually, the original Memorial Day observance has long since disappeared. In the beginning, it was a one-day national tribute every May 30, an outgrowth of observances in the North and the South to memorialize the roughly 700,000 who died in the slaughter of the Civil War.
An act of Congress in 1968 standardizing federal holidays decreed that Memorial Day be held the last Monday in May as part of a three-day weekend holiday, which, as time passed, became a made-to-order signal for a pre-summer shopping spree.
I’ve got nothing against shopping. And I can press “Complete Order” faster than most, but isn’t this supposed to be a day of honor?
We’re unlikely ever again to see Memorial Day observances like those of the past. But, hopefully, in between the sales, we can all take the time to say “thank you” to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us and for our country.