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!