Religion & Beliefs

Memorial Day is a Time for Family

As Memorial Day fast approaches, I decided to take a minute to think about what the holiday means to me. I'm not a veteran, nor do I know anyone who died serving our country. (Although, I should note that my … Read More

By / May 25, 2007

As Memorial Day fast approaches, I decided to take a minute to think about what the holiday means to me. I'm not a veteran, nor do I know anyone who died serving our country. (Although, I should note that my grandpa served on the Pacific front during World War II.) Either way, I'm not sure that it matters.

If you think about it, though, what good is a day of memorial in the eyes of the dead? Very little. Memorial Day is a holiday of mourning and, as anyone who's ever experienced true loss knows, "mourning" is primarily an exercise for the living.

This weekend, if you have an extra day or two off like many of us do, even if you can't make a trip out to see your loved ones, consider making a phone call that you might not otherwise have made. Of course, we shouldn't need a special day to remember the important people in our life, but life rarely works out the way it should.

Spend some time thinking about the important people you've lost, those who lost important people, and all the things you have to be thankful for because of the sacrifice of others. That ought to get you in an emotional mood. Then you can call the 'rents and it won't seem forced. Brilliant! As for me, I'm going upstate tonight to see my parents. See ya in a few, mom.