Do Not Say “Happy” Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day – NOT “happy” Memorial Day. It’s not about cookouts, the beach, or even the armed forces who are still with us. It’s about remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our great country. Today we honor the fallen.

Saying “Happy” Memorial Day is like saying “Happy Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance” (9/11). Any day in which the Stars & Stripes should be displayed at half staff should not be preceded by the word “happy”.

I don’t have a problem at all with people marking the day with cookouts, and family gatherings, I just don’t believe that “commemorate” equates “happy”. I am ETERNALLY GRATEFUL these men & women chose to serve our country and gave their lives in service of our country, but I am NOT HAPPY that these men & women died.

I have been fortunate not to have lost any loved ones in combat, but my father retired from the Army with 22 years of service and my husband retired from the Army with 24 years of service. I have yet to see any type of official military statement about Memorial Day preceded with the word “Happy”.

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