How Does One Not Know What Memorial Day Means…?

shutterstock-61933045-2From me @ Medium.com:

I was sitting by the pool with my husband this morning over coffee. I was playing video games on my tablet while he was going through his Facebook feed.

He played a video of Mark Dice interviewing actual adult human beings about what Memorial Day is, and the answers were almost mind numbing to me.

Now I have never claimed to be a Civics or history genius, but even I know the purpose of Memorial Day. The first young woman who was asked about it got a deer in the headlights expression on her face and asked if she really had to do this. Mr. Dice told her that as an American, that, yes, she did. She stated that she didn’t and walked away.

Another man stated that he had no clue. HUH??? The gentleman that came next actually knew, so maybe there is still hope.

Another man knew it has something to do with the military, but could give no specifics.

The folks that really got to me were the ones agreeing with Memorial Day as commemorating “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” the freeing of the slaves or the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Don’t get me started on the commemoration of Neil Armstrong…

The longer I listened, the more sad I became.

I can only ask what the hell happened?

God bless the last young man for giving the correct answer, albeit peppered with what appeared to be f-bombs. He got his point across, though, so score one for our side!

How sorry is it that all those who fought and died for this country can’t be remembered on the one day that we are supposed to be doing just that?

My own Facebook feed has its share of posts from people who have apparently mistaken this holiday for Veterans Day.

The dumbing down of America continues.

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About Julie the Workaholic

Mom of three (grown) sons and one (grown) step-daughter, wife of one, friend of many, and owned by seven 4-legged critters, writer, photographer, friend, huge fan of life, and most of all, lover of all things beautiful .….Getting healthy, and hoping to make a dent in the world in a most positive way! (And then there's my alter-ego, the Workaholic, who is me, just unfiltered.)
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One Response to How Does One Not Know What Memorial Day Means…?

  1. lynn k scott says:

    This is exactly why I take my daughter to the cemetery every Memorial Day and why we leave pennies on the grave.

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