Today’s holiday has evolved over the years, and it now informally represents to many of us several things, such as the start of summer, a shopping day in search of bargains, or a day to spend with our family.
Because of the astonishing events associated with the pandemic, Memorial Day is becoming—at a faster rate—a day to celebrate, or memorialize, those people we love who have died. This broadening of the day’s meaning has been occurring for years; after 2020’s pandemic, expect to see an acceleration.
I’m ok with this, I suppose, especially since there’s nothing I can do to stop the trend. However, I have one stipulation in that I am never going to forget the original intent of the holiday.
Memorial Day was created to honor those men and women who died while serving their country, in combat or not, while in the U. S. armed forces.
To read another post about Memorial Day, please click the May 2017 link to the right.
Randall Ponder, Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA www.editing-expert.com