Nation Struggles To Remember What Memorial Day Is For
Most holidays are pretty straight-forward. Christmas is about a fat guy in a red suit bringing presents to kids who already have more than they know what to do with. Easter is about a rabbit that hides eggs. Halloween is for scaring people. But then there is Memorial Day. Studies show that 91% of Americans do not know what the holiday is for.
Daniel Gallup of Gallop Polling Group dissects the situation. "This confusion as to the purpose of Memorial Day is not surprising as the culture has diminished the value of patriotism, made a mockery of statesmanship, and abandoned the idea of sacrifice. If you aren't coming out as a teenage, transgender, mixed race, Muslim, you really have no place in America anymore."
Once again on the last Monday in May, hot dog sales are brisk, and there is no shortage of automobile sale commercials. This holiday is the classic kickoff of summer, which this year (because of 'Climate Change') arrived precisely one week after winter, which ended on April 25. We do have a short memory when it comes to history. The irony is thick when we think about how Americans have developed deep amnesia in regards to the greatest parts of our national story. The millions of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation would be ashamed to know that we are trying to remove their memory from our collective consciousness because we think they were all racists, bigots, and Christian people.