When you hear the words “Memorial Day”, what does it say to you? Do you think of all the retail sales happening?
“It’s a great weekend to buy a new car – pricing should be great!”
“I see HOM Furniture is having a blowout sale Memorial Weekend.”
“I can’t wait for all the great Memorial Day sales”
Or does it invoke memories of family barbecues and gatherings to celebrate the start of Summer events?
Or do you remember the actual meaning of Memorial Day?
Memorial Day was not created by retailers to add to their never ending list of holiday sales and earning potential.
Memorial Day was created to honor our fallen soldiers, those that have served our country, braved the front lines and fight for the freedoms we have. And I think that meaning has become lost in this society of technology and the all might dollar.
Think about it – do you know someone that has served and lost their life fighting for a cause they believed in? Maybe a grandparent, an aunt or uncle? Or someone closer, a husband, wife, son or daughter? This is what we should be remembering – the loss of their life.
And then there’s the group of soldiers that lost their life after they came home. They struggled with reconnecting with society, they struggle with what they have seen and done. And they struggle with continuing on. Let us remember them too.
As we approach Memorial Day weekend – remember what it really means. And remember or celebrate those brave soldiers who have fought for our freedom and lost their, whether in battle or the demons that haunted them.
Memorial Day is not another shopping holiday…