My Annual [Hopeless] Appeal Regarding Memorial Day
Once more, as we approach Memorial Day, I’m already beginning to read notes on the Internet reflecting the complete confusion out there over what Memorial Day is, and what it is not.
Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service. It is not a day to honor living veterans or those presently serving in the military. It is unfortunate that we have allowed Memorial Day to turn into a day for honoring those living, and serving, rather than those who died in war. Let’s do our part to distinguish between Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day and Armed Services Day.
The other confusion is that Memorial Day somehow became observed as “Decoration Day” and people visit the graves of their deceased loved ones, regardless of their military affiliation. I noticed this was particularly popular in Iowa when I served there as a pastor.
I would prefer we reserve Memorial Day for what it is supposed to be and not let it be confused with Veterans’ Day or Armed Forces Day.