Proper Memorialization of Memorial Day
Today is Memorial Day in the United States. A day set aside to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The time-honored traditions of Memorial Day include wreath-laying ceremonies at cemeteries, lowering of flags to half-staff, parades honoring our military, the National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the United States Capitol, and even the running of the Indianapolis 500.
Now it seems that the holiday has become a commercial bonanza of sorts. Expect your newspapers, radios, and now even the Internet to be overrun with sales on furniture, vehicles, clothes, appliances, tires, etc. Ironically some of the same vehicle dealerships that advertise huge Memorial Day deals will take advantage of military personnel and their families via bad vehicle transactions and unscrupulous sales practices. These promotions and commercial endeavors should not, however, detract from or diminish the significance of Memorial Day.
For many Americans Memorial Day means a vacation day [from work]. If you are one of these fortunate people take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. Then you can return to some more leisurely activities which represent a key reason our veterans take time away from their respective families, businesses, and other matters to protect us: freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of movement, are a few examples of why so many people still flock to our country and desire a piece of the proverbial American dream. These freedoms come with restrictions and they obviously come at a price. Let us never forget..
And for members of our military and their families see the following for more information about your legal rights and protections:
As the son of a veteran I send a hearty “thank you” to all those in the military and their families for their sacrifices and service.