I saw a sign that said, “Happy Memorial Day.” And that’s all right. Nothing wrong with the day being a happy one. It should make us happy that we have brave men and women who give their all for their country. However, it should not be a frivolous happy, but a serious one.
It’s really a solemn occasion. It’s not the same as Veteran’s Day. Veteran’s Day is a day to honor all who have served in the American military. Memorial Day is a day to honor those who President Lincoln said “gave the last full measure of devotion.”
I heard a veteran say this morning on C-SPAN that on every Memorial Day he makes sure his grandchildren know why we celebrate Memorial Day. No, it’s not just a day to cook out and have a beer with friends and family. It’s a day to reflect on the costs of war and honor those who have paid the ultimate price.