Memorial Day is the last Sunday in May, and, as other holidays, Monday is a day off for many people. The holiday began as Decoration day just after the Civil war to celebrate the dead suffered by the North. Since then, it has been generally recognized as a day to remember all of the fallen from all wars.
After both WWI and WWII, the day was celebrated by the majority of the population, but the interest has become somewhat diluted by commercial interest and popular culture. Considering the fact that we have been at war for much of the 20th century and all of the 21st century, it is sad that we have allowed this day to be diminished by other interests.
Despite the fact that we have been at war in Afghanistan and Iraq for over 10 years, the public interest in war has declined, but the losses to our men and women in the armed services continues unabated. And, while there should be an outcry of our armed presence anywhere, the important aspect to remember is that our freedom is at stake and we are protected by caring members of the military.
So, as we begin to travel to a vacation spot, buy a car, or watch the Indianapolis 500, please remember to consider the men and women who have given their lives for us. There are services in most small towns and big cities, and at Arlington Cemetary, but we can certainly pause in our daily activities to give thanks and be damned proud of these men and women...