… but I’m not. You see I have a husband who is a veteran (although he can’t get into the local VFW because he was never in a foreign war)– I have a dad, stepdad in law, cousins, uncles, etc. that ARE veterans. That served in foreign wars. They deserve my respect every day, yes that is true.
Then you get to those who served, foreign wars or not, that are deceased and also served in the military. THOSE are the people you remember on Memorial day.
Not current veterans, currently serving, or those just going to boot camp.
Because Memorial day is for those who are gone.
Not those who live.
Please celebrate them on Veterans day, and those who have gone on… give them your respect this weekend. Give them your memory. Memorial. Show them respect for their past service. Don’t cloud up their memory with those that are in the sand, in the sea, or flying through the air. Don’t cloud up their ‘holiday’ with those that are barbequing or celebrating the birth of a new child.
Celebrate Memorial day for those upon whom that weighty banner of ‘lost’ rests.
I’m not sure why I feel the need to say this, perhaps it’s because as a country we are SO focused on ‘not forgetting’ our veterans that we’re actually doing our deceased veterans a disservice. I’m sure there are those who disagree with me, and that’s fine. I’ve seen every single ‘holiday’ on social media getting clogged with ‘don’t forget veterans’..that it annoys me. No one is forgetting. Really. Pinky swear. (and I NEVER pinky swear)…
Go out this weekend and do whatever you normally would. But stop for a minute in your shopping, and cooking, and family meeting and sleeping in to remember those who were lost. Not those who can still be found.