Is it inappropriate to say 'Happy Memorial Day'? | The Tylt
Is it inappropriate to say 'Happy Memorial Day'?
Memorial Day is not Veterans Day, which was designed to celebrate those who serve our country in both times of peace and war. It was created to pay respect to the dead. By turning Memorial Day into the unofficial start of summer, we've erased the true meaning of the day. It's not appropriate to say "Happy Memorial Day," just as you wouldn't celebrate a loved one's funeral.
This is a time to remember our fallen; it should be a somber reminder of the brave sacrifice men and women have made to keep the United States a free and just society. Not a time to party.
Don't say it.
'Memorial Day needs to be a solemn remembrance of the brave Americans who have laid down their lives for the freedom we cherish. Frankly, the mere act of putting on the uniform isn’t heroic. As Americans, we have begun to overuse the word ‘hero ‘ I stand by my claim that the real heroes are the men and women who don t come home. Memorial Day is for them.'
This holier-than-thou desire that everyone else must engage in some kind of 24-hour festival of grief is nothing more than self-flagellation. Yes, Memorial Day was created to honor those who sacrificed their lives. But what better way to pay respect to our fallen troops than to celebrate the holiday with loved ones and embrace the very freedom those soldiers died to protect?
Soldiers put their lives on the line so they can go back home and play with their kids, eat barbecue and enjoy the warm summer breeze. Memorial Day represents the best, most joyous aspects of America. The kind of things that are worth dying for—and that's how we can honor their sacrifice.
It's okay to say "Happy Memorial Day."
This Memorial Day, I will head to the ocean as the sun is coming up. I will spend some time alone, and think about those who never made it back. Then I will return to my wife and kids and be grateful for my life. I will fire up the grill and invite friends over. And I will wish each of them a Happy Memorial Day, knowing full well that this day and the joy it brings are gifts I can never repay. Except, perhaps, by living a life full of happiness as my fallen friends would have wanted.