May 25, 2009

Remembering Those Who Served

Thanks for all those who gave their lives in the service of our country or who are serving now. The Word Among Us has a ministry for soldiers overseas that seems well worth supporting.

An article from the Columbus Dispatch says:
With veterans who coordinate Memorial Day events dying or becoming unable to march in parades,some worry that Americans are forgetting that Memorial Day wasn’t originally about summer sales, barbecues and opening day at the pool.
Which sounds familiar, sort of like Christmas... and this:
Memorial Day got its start as Decoration Day, a time to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Congress changed the date from May 30 to the last Monday of the month in 1971, and some veterans have complained that the three-day weekend has made vacations more important than the fallen.
...reminds me of how Ascension Thursday has become Ascension Sunday for convenience sake.

1 comment:

Jim Curley said...

Two thoughts:

1. Our pastor yesterday in his homily asked us to imagine what a deceased vet would say about the current celebration of Memorial Day. He would wonder what sleeping in and bbq's would have to do with remembering his sacrifice. Father suggested going to Mass to pray for the souls of the departed vets instead as something to do to actually remember and do something for them.

2. Memorial Day is not universallly celebrated in the South. (I don't know about this year, but in the past, schools in SC were not off.) This is because it is sometimes considered a 'Yankee' holiday, instituted by Grant to honor the Union dead.