Monday was Memorial Day. To many, it is the unofficial day of summer, event though the calendar doesn’t really reflect that until June 21.
To those had to work, it was at least an ordinary day, and, perhaps, a day to make some extra money.
What Monday should have been, and actually is, is a day for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, whether that was in the Air Force, Army, Marines or Navy.
According to the History Channel, Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and grew out of ceremonies honoring war dead following the Civil War. Northern and Southern states honored their dead observing separate Decoration Days until after World War I. By then, citizens realized they needed to honor the dead of more than just the Civil War, but all wars.
The History Channel shows that Memorial Day was observed for many years on May 30, regardless of the day of the week. In 1968, Congress established Memorial Day as a federal holiday, moving it to the last Monday of May in order to create a three-day weekend. The law went into effect in 1971.
Memorial Day weekend often takes the form of cookouts, trips to the beach and other frivolity. We hope everyone remembered to visit the graves of those who sacrificed their very lives to protect this country whether they are family members or not and placed a flag or poppy.
Surely, that was the least the most of us who had the day off could have done to show our respect.