The Real Meaning of Memorial Day

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.  


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One Response to “The Real Meaning of Memorial Day”

  1. mary Says:

    Mr. McMichael, I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy your blog (and I don’t follow ANYbody’s blog). Your narratives of the past and knowledge of the history as Columbus grew are unparalleled. Thank you for sharing your–OUR–world with us.

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