MEMORIAL DAY IS MORE THAN JUST A 3 DAY WEEKEND
Today, 31 May 2010, is the official recognition of Memorial Day in the United States. I realize most people don’t even know what the day represents past having a day off and adding to the ever increasing waist line by downing copious amounts of food and a beer. Let me help you out here and maybe just maybe somebody will realize that the day has a meaning beyond getting fatter.
Memorial Day started out as Decoration Day and was enacted to honor the men and women who fell on the field of battle for the Union during the Civil War. 30 May is considered Reunification Day after the Civil War so that is the day the Congress decided to honor it’s Union warriors. Later Decoration Day expanded it’s meaning to cover the men who were felled fighting Indians on the frontier. Decoration Day wore the name proudly for years. After World War I, Decoration Day’s meaning was expanded again to include warriors left on the battle fields of Europe.
The name Memorial Day did not come into common use until after WW2, although the first recorded use of the title Memorial Day was in 1882. Some areas of the country preferred to use “Memorial Day” over Decoration Day. Decoration Day had its name officially changed by Federal law to Memorial Day in 1967. A year later Congress passed the Uniformed Holiday Bill and moved the observance of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May thus creating a three day weekend.
So as you can see Memorial Day was enacted to honor the fine men and women warriors of the United States of America Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives. It’s these men and women who volunteer to go into harms way that allow you to get fatter by drinking cases of beer and shoveling endless hot dogs down your gullets because WE safe guard YOUR liberty.
So I implore all Liberals and Conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, Green party members, Independents, Non-Affiliated and every other member of the useless and fake political divide that is killing America to put down the hot dogs, beer and weed and think about the kids you all look down on that have died. It’s those kids from Texas and Arizona and upstate New York and Eastern Washington and Alaska and every other small town and suburbs around the country who get killed so you can spout all your naivete and nonsense without fear.
Happy Memorial Day America. A lot of you aren’t worth of the sacrifice these excellent Warriors make on YOUR behalf.