Why Do We Say, Happy Memorial Day?

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If Memorial Day is commemorated correctly as a National Holiday memorializing the lives of those that died in the service of our country, it is to be a solemn day of remembrance. I don't get where the word Happy quite fits into that. But I am all for being Happy.

Yes, if the family is getting together for a picnic or the kids are excited about the coming of Summer, those are happy occasions. Typically Memorial Day weekend is when the public pools open for the Summer and the beaches are staffed with more lifeguards. If the weather is nice, it can be and is a very special time.

Lest we forget, there will be many many family members of those fallen heroes that will be grieving and sharing stories of how their loved one gave it all. And that they are so sadly missed. And they have so much pride this day but also a tremendous sense of loss. Loss of the life experiences and those wonderful family times together and yes, even the excitement about the coming of Summer. 

That said, there probably isn't one of the surviving family members that wouldn't want your family to have a wonderful and enjoyable day this Memorial Day. They ask for nothing from us, they grieve and remember in silence. If you know of a family that has lost a family member or one of many wounded Veterans and now ranks among our fallen heroes and a Living Memorial of prideful sacrifice, reach out to them. If only with a nod of appreciation or an understanding smile. Do this for them and do it for yourselves. I think that would be a wonderful way to celebrate " Happy Memorial Day".

The Photo below was taken today as I visited the new Columbarium Wall at Rosecrans National Cemetery here in San Diego. This young Navy Seal gave his life in 2012 and was 33 years old, married with a beautiful child. His family paid tribute to him today to remind him that he is sorely missed and loved so very deeply. 

Forever Young, We Salute You!

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Noah Seidenberg
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There nothing worthy of the sacrifices made. People often do not understand how deep it goes. Peace and Love to America.

May 29, 2016 03:26 PM #1
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Hi Noah Seidenberg , Thank you so much for your great comment. 

May 29, 2016 03:34 PM #2
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Inna Ivchenko
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It is a time to pause and remember those who who gave their lives for our freedom, even if it was not your family or someone you know....just show some respect and gratitude. 

Great post, William.

May 29, 2016 04:42 PM #3
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Hi Inna Ivchenko , You are so right and I so appreciate your comment.

May 29, 2016 05:01 PM #4
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Inna Ivchenko
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My pleasure William! You have a great blog.

Have a good Memorial day. 

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While to many it is a somber day, to others it is a day of thanks and remembrance and celebration for what we have and to those that have helped us retain our way of life.

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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning William. I can't say Happy Memorial Day, just can't. I feel like I need to remember and recognize those gone too soon.

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William-You summed it up beautifully.

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Hello William ...

For me Memorial Day is a day to be thankful for men & women helping to create the Freedom and I so much appreciate as an American.

Of course so many people have sacrificed their lives for our Freedom, and I am so ever thankful for this 

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Thank You Jennifer Mackay for you wonderful comment. I hope you have a great Memorial Day.

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William, Memorial Day is one of those days off that doesn't quite feel like a "holiday".  It's hard to see all of the flags at each stone at Arlington Cemetery and feel like it's all about eating freshly grilled burgers and dogs.

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It seems inappriate to incorporate the word, "happy," to Memorial Day.  It's kind of like hitting the Facebook "Like" button when you read someone has died!

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