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Is it inappropriate to say 'Happy Memorial Day'?

Memorial Day began after the Civil War as a way to honor the men and women who died in military service to the United States. For many Americans, this typically translates to celebrating their freedoms together with family or friends. By this thinking, saying "Happy Memorial Day" is totally OK. But some believe the greeting is inappropriate; the holiday should be a somber reminder of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. It's not a day to party. What do you think? 

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Memorial Day is not Veterans Day, which was designed to celebrate those who serve our country in both times of peace and war. Rather, Memorial Day was created to pay respect to the dead. By turning Memorial Day into the unofficial start of summer, the true meaning of the day has been lost.

According to this group, Memorial Day is a time to remember our fallen; it is meant to 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.

People magazine refers to former SEAL Kevin Lacz on the topic, who said:

'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.'
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Yes, Memorial Day was created to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty. 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?

As former Navy pilot Ken Harbaugh writes in the Observer, it's OK 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.
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