I wasn’t originally planning on doing a blog post today with the holiday. To me, it actually seemed more appropriate not to. But over the course of the weekend, I had a few interactions with other people that I just couldn’t shake. I’ve heard it from a couple people I see throughout the week, I’ve seen it on Facebook, and I’ve even overheard it from a few strangers. People were complaining that their jobs weren’t giving them a three day weekend for Memorial Day. And it wasn’t because they wanted that time off to observe the holiday, it was simply because everyone else got the day off and they were upset that they were stuck going to work while others were at the beach. And this really bothered me.
Of course I love a three day weekend just as much as anyone else, but holidays such as Memorial Day are completely different in my book. Hearing these comments actually angered me. Memorial Day wasn’t created to give you a three day weekend and a reason to BBQ. Memorial Day is to honor those who never got to come home to their family and friends. Those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, serving this country and doing something they loved. It’s selfish, really to complain about the lack of a three day weekend when there are so many people out there who are missing a loved one and aren’t spending their time complaining about it.
Somewhere out there, there’s a husband or wife who will never get to kiss their spouse goodnight again or hear them say ‘I love you’.
Somewhere out there, there’s a child that’s missing a parent and no longer gets read a bedtime story and tucked into bed by them.
Somewhere out there, there’s a mother or father who will never get to see their child get married and start their own family.
Somewhere out there, there’s a brother or sister who is missing their sibling at every holiday and family get together.
Somewhere out there, there’s a person missing their best friend. The one person they can go to for anything when times get tough.
So please, in the midst of your BBQ’s and trips to the beach, take a moment to remember why this holiday exists.