Its just another day, right? But it should be a somber day. A day to remember those who have fallen. We should think of the men and women who have lost lives fighting for our country. But most of us don't.Memorial Day is a day off of work. It is a day to party and grill and be outside. Its the beginning of summer.
And its true meaning has been lost along the way. The graves of soldiers often go undecorated, forgotten. We don't march in parades to show support of their families, and for the losses. We don't bow our heads in their remembrance. As a whole the day slowly fades into nothing.
But we should be doing something. We should don our red, white and blue clothing or maybe black and walk down the street with a color guard somberly.
Upon researching observances in the Phoenix metro area, I came across only about ten. For the entire metro area! Its appalling I think. They were mostly this morning, and so we won't be attending any. Had I known earlier- had I thought about it- had I not been trying to clean up the house a little because it was driving me nuts- we would have gone. But now? Maybe this afternoon I will load the kids up and drive to a cemetery. I doubt I will, we'll probably just go to the grocery store. But in my head I will be thinking about this day. And wondering how I can make it a more somber and meaningful day next year.