Wednesday, June 9, 2010
"HAPPY' Memorial Weekend???
First, regarding Memorial Day weekend, I have to ask those "outside the wire" of loving someone who died fighting in the wars for freedom of this country or who died as a veteran of wars, please remove the word "Happy" from in front of Memorial Day. Consider the families who received a flag drapped casket back from a war of yesterday or today. In some of those caskets are no more than an empty uniform because the loved one's earthly body was destroyed in a bombing that left nothing. Consider the veterans who have died weary in mind and spirt from the memories they could never release even years upon years later.
Please remember that Memorial Day is a day to stop for a few moments and give reverence to those who fought and died knowing they sacrificed to create and to date preserve the freedoms of America. It is a day to be thankful for the brave who died figthing in our place while we also enjoy the beauty of family, cookouts, the beach, the mountains, and shining sea.
But it is not a day to throw around the cliche' "Happy Memorial Day!" With balloons everywhere...if someone can share with me why it is "Happy" and make me understand, then I'll rewrite this colum. It is a day we remember the dead, those who no longer share our lives here on planet earth, although I've no doubt their spirits linger. I just ask, please remember, your neighbor may be in pain with grief over a fallen hero, don't hurt them more by the use of a word than isn't appropriate. Give thought and speak from the heart of reason.