Memorial Day 2014

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.


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2 Responses to Memorial Day 2014

  1. Desiree says:

    My husband and I were discussing this this morning. Many people mistakenly thank a current military member for their service but isn’t this day meant to remember the fallen? Veterans’ Day is meant to honor current people serving. Not that I don’t think a thanks everyday to our service people is in order but today is for those that have made one of the ultimate sacrifices.

  2. J.M. Wetherington Sr. says:

    You and your husband are absolutely correct. Today is a day of remembrance and honor, Veterans Day is a day to thank current and former members of the armed services. As you pointed out, a lot of folks get them confused.

    Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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