Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
2021 Blog Number 22
May 31, 2021
Happy Memorial Day?
“Happy Memorial Day,” I was told recently. The person I was speaking with continued. “Are you going to have a big party? I’m ready to party down!”
“Isn’t Memorial Day supposed to be a day of remembering the dead?” I asked.
“No, it means summer is starting. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.” The person I was speaking with left me and walked down the street.
I like a good outdoor party as much as anyone. I am planning to attend a family gathering in the afternoon. Unlike other folks that I know, I do not participate in the retail sales for the holiday. On Memorial Day I first go to the town hall to be part of the wreath laying ceremony. Only then to I attend family gatherings. I wonder if we have really forgotten what Memorial Day means. Have people who say, “Happy Memorial Day” realize that this is to be a memorial and such events are not meant to make one “happy.”
Our nation has on many occasions, called upon warriors. There were times that these calls came to defend our nation. At other times, it might be argued that our warriors were the aggressors. Nevertheless, these call-ups have led to the deaths of many of our young warriors and given pain to their families and loved ones. These deaths ought to be mourned and remembered.
Please don’t say, “Happy Memorial Day.” It seems inappropriate on this day.
Please take time to remember our deceased heroes and live to deserve their sacrifice.
Please take time to be supportive of the loved ones who are left behind.
Please take time to support the families of our active military. The families live in fear that their loves ones might be Memorialized some day in the future.
Memorial Day is a time to remember. Let us remember well.
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