Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, when people would decorate the grave sites of those who died in the Civil War with flags and flowers. It rightfully grew to Memorial Day, when we honored those who died in all wars. It was Congress that obliterated its meaning with the pandering legislation in 1968 called the Uniform Holiday Monday Act, assuring the day would be swallowed up by a three day weekend. Now the day is the “unofficial start of summer”, sales and barbecues.
We must remember that all that is possible because brave men and women have died. They are dying still. This month alone 53 have been killed in action in Afghanistan. They gave their lives. The least we can do is give them a day.