In the half-sleepiness of first awakening this morning I sent someone a text message that included the words “Happy Memorial Day.” After eating some breakfast and being more fully awake, it struck me how ill-advised it was to combine the word “Happy” with the words “Memorial Day” and I felt badly about my poor choice of phrasing. After all, it’s an observance, not a celebration.
Memorial Day is the day we set aside in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving in our country’s country’s armed forces. It is a day to honor the sacrifice of the brave service members who gave their lives to defend America. I’m sure there must be a better choice of words to use in wishing someone a good day on this solemn day.
However you observe the day, I hope that you will take at least a few moments to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice.