Commercialism and Memorial Day…

Memorial Day really…

Noticed something at least in the town I live in only banks and post office was closed to celebrate Memorial Day.  I remember when stores if they were open at all were closed at 6 pm.  The two places I went to yesterday were open normal business hours and I know the company I work for was open normal business hours.  Additionally, the places I went to did not even need to go it was convenient to run out and buy take out then cook after doing yard work.  The two places were not even busy and I saw very few people out and about.  Never mind I remember there used to be a parade through town that took two hours now it was a half hour walk from a school to a cemetery.

So I guess my thoughts are trending this day toward if Memorial Day is in memory for the sacrifices our military and their families have made and are still making.  Should we not put aside the commercialism and need to cater to every individual whim and go back to limited company hours or heck close for the day.  If it was not for our military, we would not be a free nation and I would not even be able to write so freely. Limiting the hours allow us as a nation to go back to the purpose of the Day and support the military families in their time of grieving.    Make it a day of honor again instead of just another day off to have a cook out and lessen the celebration of beginning of summer.  Spending time with the families invite them to the cook out or go over to their homes and see if they need anything.  For those of a religious or faith based life choices take time to meditate and pray for our military and families.

Corporate world question is it really necessary to lessen the sacrifices our military men, women, and families make by being open.  For hospitals and nursing home I understand the need for them to be staffed but maybe to lessen hours of individual staff do a rotational five hour shift instead of and eight to ten-hour shift allowing people to contribute to this day as they see fit. I am just as guilty as others I did nothing to remember our service men, woman; which got me to thinking that there are choices that need to change come next year for me.

Observation on the table is what happened to remembering the sacrifices of our soldiers and also their families?

History of Memorial Day (taken from History channel)

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

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