Take a moment to remember.
Here in America, today is set aside to remember and honor those who gave their lives in the service of this country.
As far as I know, Memorial Day is supposed to be reserved for those who died while in the armed forces, but I like to think that it includes all those who were working to make our country a better place.
Yes, it’s a broad definition, but I like it. Mostly because it means that killing people isn’t the only definition of greatness.
While you dudes are out at the cookout, or enjoying the warmth of late spring/early summer or doing whatever it is you’re doing instead of being at work, do take a little time to remember those who went before.
Talk to your little dudes about why they’re out of school.
You might also want to consider how you can honor the lives that have gone toward making our country a better place to live. Carrying on that sort of work sounds like the best way to me.
Make our country a better place for all its citizens*. Restore its justification to act as a moral beacon to the world.
Today isn’t only about getting a day off work or a day out of school.
Remember. Act. Improve.
Footnotes & Errata
* You have no idea how tempted I was to insert a blatantly political paragraph/rant here. I think I might have given myself an aneurysm from stopping my fingers. Ow.
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A happy Memorial Day to all you dudes and dudettes out there.
Even though this is a terrible day in theory (during which we “celebrate” those men and women who died in the service, ostensibly to keep our country free), it leaves us with a nice holiday after the observances.
Yes it’s sad that men and women had to die to defend what should be inalienable rights of every single person born on this Earth, but it’s also a day to celebrate.
We celebrate that there is a nation still worth defending, that a government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this Earth, and that there still are men and women who believe that our country is worth protecting.
And we celebrate a day off, with summer on the way, warm weather closer to making its stay permanent.
It’s a good day to be alive.
Which means we’re out there enjoying it.
And so should you be.
Thank a vet for not having to be remembered today, remember those who do, and then enjoy what you can.
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Here in the United States, today is a special day.
Although most of us celebrate Memorial Day with bar-b-que’s and trips to the beach or the lake or the pool, using it as an excuse to welcome summer into our lives, the reasons behind it actually call for a bit more reflection and seriousness.
Memorial Day is for remembering those women and men who gave their lives in service to our country. That is, if they were serving in the armed forces and they died, then this is the day set aside for us to remember their sacrifice.
Being the dudes left behind, and the ones who benefited from their service, it’s incumbent on us to make sure we do something to remember them. Whether it be a parade or even a quiet moment of reflection, take the time to consider where we as a country would be without those who would protect our borders and our way of life.
And realize that for their sacrifice not to be in vain, we need to make sure we fight against any and all erosions to our civil liberties that politicians today keep trying to foist off on us in the name of protection, the lying liars.
Fight for freedom.
Enjoy your Memorial Day.
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