For me this was my first long weekend in a long time... probably since Christmas but I noticed that (again) holidays don't seem to mean much to us any more. Every holiday whether Christmas, 4th of July, or even a day like today it all means nothing to so many people. When I watch T.V I see "Memorial day extravaganza T.V's 10% off" or "In honor of memorial day every car in stock has had there prices slashed to give you the best deal ever!". Even our president has decided to miss the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in favor of some time off in Chicago. I see that he is slated to participate in a ceremony there but what bothers me is he's not the first president to miss the Arlington Memorial; President Bush (I&II if I recall correctly) missed ceremonies in favor of taking leave. These men are supposed to be commander and chief of the military and yet choose not to attend a ceremony that honors all that have fallen for their ability to hold the office of President of the United states.
I myself am also guilty of not observing and preserving the meanings of days like today, for years it was a day off school or a day for me to go and hang out with friends. This year, every thing means so much more in my mind. Having done basic I have only gone through a tiny amount of what our men and women overseas are going through right now. Today while we sit on our patios or in our air conditioned houses someones son is sitting on a .50 driving down a road in Iraq waiting for the day he can see his family again.
Today I'm not saying that we shouldn't have a good time. I'm not saying that we shouldn't go out and buy something on a good sale. What I am saying however is not just today, but all of our "Holidays" mean so much more than we observe. Christmas Eve, the car dealership I work at was open because we might sell one car. I'm all for making money, but is nothing sacred any more?
I see that I'm deviating from my point and am beginning to ramble so I will end with this; I watch T.v and see all the adds for sales in honor of "memorial day." Several of my friends plans this weekend were no more than to get blasted and play video games. In all reality we shouldn't need a special day to honor our soldiers, firemen, policemen or anyone. We shouldn't need a reason to go to church (if you so choose, which i don't) or to donate to a charity. Thank a vet when you see them; not just today but every chance you get. Talk to them; listen to their stories. If you pray, pray for our service men and women to come home safe and soon and if not keep them in your thoughts. Without them, who knows where we might be.