Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day sales? Really?!...



I'm not sure why but getting emails from retailors all this week touting their Memorial Day sales has irked me.

Not the emails themselves, but the day on which they are hoping to capitalize.

Memorial Day is an American "holiday" that is meant to be a day of remembrance for those who have paid the ultimate price, given the last full measure for their country. A sacrifice for you, and for me.

But sadly, it seems like it has become just another commercialized weekend, a marker for the beginning of summer, a day off from work, a weekend to get a good deal on a car.

It's a day to remember Joseph Brady who died on Omaha beach in France during World War II, Robert Dechene who was killed in Vietnam, Tristan Southworth who recently lost his life in Afghanistan, along with tens of thousand of other women and men who have "gone on ahead".

Too many communities have canceled their parades, too many graves are left unattended.

And the "funny" thing is I have received 2 more "sale" emails while writing this post.

I hope if your town has a parade you will go, or if someone you went to school with lost their life, stop by their resting place. They gave so much, maybe we can give them just a little.

Okay, move back, I will now get off my soapbox.


5 comments:

JW Stovall said...

On your soapbox justifiably. I am with you on this one. Thanks for posting this reminder to all of us.

Chris Riley said...

That's hardly a soapbox and it's all true. I've been getting them all week and thinking the same thing.
My hat is off to all who serve/d, and to their families. Thank you!!

Avi said...
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Avi said...

I could not agree more!

We need to do a reality check: the compass should point to the north and not to the Nordstrom...

Dave said...

I make it a point not to shop on Holidays. I don't want to reward companies for taking holiday time from their employees.