The Reason for the Season

So it’s Memorial Day weekend…another one of those 3-day family/friend/72-hour-BBQ holidays designed by the government to torture single people.

Well no, not really…. The 72-hour-BBQ thing is accurate but the reason for the Monday off is so that we can remember the men and women who have given their lives in the service of our country.

Memorial Day was originally set aside to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who fought and died in the Civil War.

After World War I, it was established as a day to remember all fallen servicemen and women.

Originally, in the mid-1800s, it was known as Decoration Day. This name came from the practice or ritual of decorating soldiers’ graves once a year.

The term Memorial Day was first used in 1882, but it was not until 1967 that it was officially designated as such.

Unlike the situation with the holidays of Christmas and Easter, the PC Police have not found a reason or way to change the name again.

I live in a city where a large percentage of people get more worked up about a basketball team than the events of the world. But folks do turn out for picnics, BBQ, beer and the Jazz Festival.

I have no statistics regarding how many of them actually think about a troop on Memorial Day. Nor do I see a lot of signs of comprehension that troops are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Being “Patriotic” nowadays has been twisted around by the “progressive” PC Police to have a rather negative connotation.

It’s not as cool to be a “Patriot” because that means that you believe in that dusty old document, the Constitution. You know…that piece of paper that Barack Hussein Obama is tossing into the wood-chipper.

The “in thing” now is to be a “Socialist.”

But ya know…the freedom to call yourself a “Socialist” and to talk about “Socialism” comes from that silly old Constitution-y thing.

And for the freedom to BBQ for 72 hours this weekend, y’all better for damn sure remember to thank our veterans.

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About pjh95811

I am a writer and poet living in California. I love cats, dogs, nature, poetry, spirituality and the Pacific Ocean.
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