I always liked having this type of holiday celebrated on the actual day. With the advent of the 3-day weekend, some of our National holidays have turned into nothing more than a chance to get away, to drink and drive and to party. IMHO our country is forgetting why we have Memorial Day. It's a day to remember those who lost their lives to keep this great country free. Last time I went to a celebration of this sort, the only civilians were the wives of buried soldiers and the men and women who fought in WW2, Korea & Vietnam. We are older now. Who will carry on the tradition when we have gone? Not my kids. They don't seem to care.
What will you be doing this weekend? It's okay to travel, to drink (responsibly) and even to party if you must. Will you take time to talk to another about why you have this weekend off? It's a National holiday! Those men and women serving our country here and around the world have offered up their lives to ensure our very lives. They have no idea when their service may cause them to offer the ultimate sacrifice.
My husband did not lose his life in Vietnam or in the Gulf War, but he served and watched men die. He remembers.
Please ~ this weekend ~ won't you remember those lives as well?