Sunday, May 28, 2006

Question Of The Week, 5/28/06

Good morning. I hope all of you are enjoying your Memorial Day Weekend. I have a little problem with Holidays. I think a lot of people have forgotten why many of them are special days at all. I'm sorry but it seems to me like a lot of folks think Christmas is a time to show your appreciation for department stores. So, this weeks Question Of The Week is. Do you think the majority of United States citizens have forgotten what Memorial Day is supposed to be about? I think I just about gave up my answer already but I'll be back to post an answer in the Comment Section Monday night anyway.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Blogger Stephanie said...

I agree. Far too many people have forgotten what Memorial Day is about. For me, I intend to spend a quiet day at home and perhaps take some time to work on my genealogical research. As far as I know (which, admittedly, isn't all that far), all my family's soliders made it back home. But, I think a good way to spend Memorial Day is to try and find ancestors who gave their lives for this great nation and honor them with my remembrance.

2:02 AM  
Blogger Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker said...

For those of us who served our country and took our oath seriously, Monday is the most solemn of secular holidays.

That said, this Memorial Day, I'll be thinking about the mid-management VA doofus who took my personal identification information home with him, then...whoopsie!...had it stolen.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous And Another Thing said...

Sorry to say; yes. Memorial Day has become the "start of Summer." Pardon my being cynical, but 'sacrifice' means parking far away from the store on this day.

But all the same, I am heartened to read of so many who have NOT forgotten. Some things should just be left alone...and sacred in a secular sense anyway.

5:32 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

I want to thank everyone that stopped by to answer this weeks question. Yes I think the reason for Memorial Day has just about been lost. Summer is here, the pools are opened, the years first outdoor kegger/picnic, or maybe take a week off and go on vacation. If it wasn't for the soldiers that gave their lives for their country we might not be able to do some of those things today, God Bless them. I was happy to see that a lot of the sites I visited today posted a Memorial Day message, that will help to keep this day special.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

8:51 PM  
Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

Sorry - a little late to the party, but yes - I agree with all of you. Too many people look at Memorial Day as a "day off" from corporate slavery, for those who are fortunate enough to work for an employer who cares enough about the Holiday to grant a day off for this occasion.

But the fact is, even though the majority of Americans are probably lost in their 3 day weekend, they ARE celebrating the net result of the actual purpose of the men and women who gave their lives and the Holiday which thanks them. They are enjoying freedom and (almost) liberty, being with their families, as a DIRECT result of those lives which were given in order for them to do so.

I can only pray a significant percentage will take a few moments' pause to recognize these facts in and around their barbeques and their joyous family reunions. Just the fact that we still have 24 million Veterans who are alive will help to keep SOME joyous groups on "message", if even for a few brief moments.

Thank you again, David, for your support, Sir. You are one HELL of an American, as are your other commenters, even if we don't ALWAYS agree 100% of the time. And frankly, it's a Blessing that we don't ;-)

Bloggggg ONNNNNNNNNNNN, friends!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I think that most have forgotten. But the local VFW combines the beginning of summer with special ceremonies honoring our veterans.

During wartime, more remember the meaning of Memorial Day. And I make sure that my classes understand the significance.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

Sorry for chiming in late.

Memorial Day when I was young meant that Memorial beach opened. I know it sounds foolish, but as a child, I always thought that was what it was all about.

I think recent events are re-focusing energy on Memorial Day, but the general tone is correct and universal. People don't usually know what a holiday is for.

They just know they don't have to come into work on Monday.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Traven said...

David, I aplogize for the late response to your question (life has been turbulent around the household of late). I agree that the majority of Americans have forgotten the purpose, if not the origin, of Memorial Day. For us, it is a time of remembrance for our ancestors who fought for freedom.

However, I also remember when you and I attended public schools in St. Joseph long ago and the calendar was simple! Back to school the day after Labor Day and we're free for summer the day after Memorial Day. Simple and to the point!

9:30 AM  
Blogger Katherine Thayer said...

Yes! They only think how to pay their bills each month

3:52 AM  

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