Memorial Day -- It's More Than A Day Off WorkMonday, May 27, 2013
For many people, Memorial Day conjures up thoughts of a day off work spent grilling out, cracking open a few beers, and hanging out with friends.
And that's okay. But the problem is that we forget the entire point of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day isn't about a three day weekend, or burgers, or Budweiser. It's about this:
It's easy to not think about it, and I don't think that's a good thing. I feel like every American citizen should visit Arlington National Cemetery at least once in their lives. It may seem like we don't lose that many soldiers, because it's not on the news often, but Arlington helps put in perspective. Granted, not every soldier is buried there, and the ones that are represent several different conflicts (and likely times of peace as well), but the sheer number of small white headstones with flags next to them is overwhelming. We went while on a band trip to DC my freshman year of high school, and when I saw all the soldiers' graves, I started crying. It's hard not to. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is also a very sobering experience.
So while you're enjoying your hot dog (and maybe a margarita!), take a moment to silently thank those who never made it home.
Have a happy (and safe!) Memorial Day!