Letter: The true meaning of ‘Memorial Day’


Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. It’s the day of the year in which thousands of family platoons gear up and commence their full-scale invasion of the local beaches and lakes. Others fall into line and eerily wait for the end to the chaotic barrage of mattress and clothing sales from battling department stores. The smell of burned hamburgers and hot dogs is ripe in the air of backyards as proud fathers insist on remaining the commanders of the grill.

It’s in the midst of these stereotypical scenes that we find a mournful reminder that Americans are becoming ever more forgetful as to why we are given this particular day off. Americans are supposed to congregate in local and national cemeteries and honor all those who have served and died in the service of their country.

However, it seems that our nation’s memorial parks are as deserted as ever. The inobservance of Memorial Day reveals an even larger issue within American culture; people are rampantly neglecting their responsibility to cherish and support their loved ones, especially those who have moved on into the afterlife.

On this Memorial Day, let us attempt to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep this nation free and safe. Just as it was our servicemen and women’s duty to protect the United States from foreign invaders, it is our duty to honor and remember their sacrifice. Beyond this, let us remember our family and friends who have passed on as well. Their lives continue on in the stories and thoughts of their loved ones. Let us cherish the time we have and defend their honor and sacrifice.

Logan Rex

Lima

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