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Is Memorial Day Just Another Day for a Family Barbecue?
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.