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My Annual [Hopeless] Appeal Regarding Memorial Day

May 23rd, 2009
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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.

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  1. Pastor Tony Pittenger
    May 17th, 2009 at 09:40 | #1

    We’ve started a nice little tradition here that might help a little in keeping the two days separate. On Veteran’s Day two of our members, either who have served or are serving, “post” and “retire” the colors at the beginning and end of the service. If they can wear their uniforms, all the better. It’s a nice way to recognize the vocation of soldier/sailor/airman/marine and God’s use of them.

  2. May 17th, 2009 at 13:03 | #2

    A timely reminder, thanks.

  3. Mike Baker
    May 17th, 2009 at 14:13 | #3

    …no one listens to me either regarding this matter.

  4. Quinn M
    May 19th, 2009 at 15:43 | #4

    Hmmm, just Victoria Day for us Canucks. How many days do you Yanks need to honour your military? lol.

    • May 19th, 2009 at 20:34 | #5

      Well, Quinn, we honor those who gave their lives in service to their country, not to mention pulling Canada’s bacon out of the fire, repeatedly.

  5. Quinn M
    May 19th, 2009 at 22:16 | #6

    I apolagize for any and all offense that my remark may have caused. It was in no way intended to disparage the incredible honour and sacrifice that the men and women of the Armed Forces have handled themselves with or endured.

    Further, I have nothing but esteem for them, if my comment was taken to be flip, please accept my unqualified apolagy.

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