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Is Memorial Day Just Another Day for a Family Barbecue?

Updated on May 26, 2012

Just Another Day Off

Memorial Day is a day for remembering and reflecting on the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country, through the United States Armed Forces. It also happens to be a Federal Holiday, which means that most people will get this day off from work.

Unfortunately, for one reason or another, it seems that the younger generation isn't really aware of the true meaning of Memorial Day anymore. To them, it is just another Federal Holiday--just another day off from work.

Not Being Taught in School

At a martial arts school where I teach, I've been mentioning within the past week that there will be no classes on Memorial Day. I ask them if they know what Memorial Day is, and to my dismay, not many know what it is. I took the opportunity to explain, and a few days later when I asked again, they knew the answer.

Something in the back of my head tells me that most of these kids aren't being taught these important pieces of information in elementary school--especially the meaning of the most important Federal Holidays, including Memorial Day. I'm glad I can contribute in helping these kids know that "freedom" isn't free; and that these brave heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice gave their lives to keep us free.

A Day for Barbecue

Memorial Day is a day to remember our fallen heroes. They died to preserve the freedom we have in our way of lives. So no, Memorial Day isn't just another day off for a family barbecue. But, to show that our heroes have not died in vain, take time to appreciate what you have; spend a day with your family, and do have a barbecue. Remind everyone what memorial day is and reflect on those who paid for our freedom with their lives.

Remember, it is a nice day for a barbecue, and you are enjoying it because of our fallen heroes.

A Big Thank You To Our Heroes

To those who made the ultimate sacrifice, I salute and thank you for what you've done. For those families who suffered due to their loss, I too salute you. There is nothing we can do to bring them back; but by celebrating their heroism and remembering their sacrifice, they will continue to live in our hearts and minds.

How do you celebrate Memorial Day?

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    • forlanda profile image

      Juancho Forlanda 5 years ago from US of A

      Thanks for taking time to reply and let me know.

      I guess sometimes people take things for granted. As an immigrant, I know exactly why the US is a place where people want to go. Although I wasn't born here, I consider this my home, and have become a citizen. On top of that, like you and several of your family members, I have served in the US military.

      Congratulations on your son being commissioned a 2nd Lt in the USMC. He obviously has a good role model.

      This weekend, I will definitely honor the fallen by celebrating what they've fought so hard for us to keep--our freedom.


    • bankscottage profile image

      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Nice Hub

      I don't know what they teach kids in school today. For Memorial Day in grade school, I remember learning patriotic songs. I remember going to the cemetery with my Aunt. I remember taking a troop of boy scouts to the cemetery to place flags on veteran's graves. Maybe at our day at the beach we should think about the veterans and their day on Omaha Beach.

      With an all volunteer military, many families are detached from military service and sacrifice. In the poem "In Flanders Fields" by McCrae, the fallen hauntingly challenge the living to 'take up the torch'. One of the best ways to honer the fallen is to serve.

      The Travis Manion Foundation, a foundation created in the memory of a fallen Marine to support veterans and the families of the fallen, asks "If not me, than who..." Like my father, my father-in-law, my son's father-in-law, my eldest son and I have served. On May 20, 2012, our youngest son was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the USMC.

      Thanks for helping teach our young about the sacrifices others have made to keep this country free.

      Voted up, interesting and shared.