Sorry, all, this is gonna be a bit of a rant.
I really hate Memorial Day weekend, not because of what Memorial Day is, but how we as a country treat it.
I don’t know if it’s just because I have a chip on my shoulder about these things, but it feels like every advertisement and promotional email was “this weekend is about shopping; look at these savings!” and I just feel like screaming “no, this weekend should be about reflecting about how we treat our veterans and enlisted military, how we treat each other, and how we act as a society.”
When I was growing up here in California, Memorial Day weekend was the beginning of summer. We had a day off and it was sad because I didn’t get to see my friends, but also a plus because obviously we didn’t have to go to school. But we were never taught the gravity of Memorial Day. While I am grateful America takes the day off, to supposedly thank those who served in our military but didn’t make it back, the reason we have this special day was never explicitly told to us as children, and now it feels like we just grew up with this day off and no one really knows the reason why.
And I’ll end this rant by just saying I hate the phrase “Happy Memorial Day” because it’s awful. Am I supposed to be happy about fallen soldiers?
How do you feel about Memorial Day? Have you lost someone close to you who was in the military? Are these feelings close to you, or do I just have a chip on my shoulder?