Things To Do For Memorial Day

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There is a good article about Memorial Day posted at Forbes that we highly recommend reading.

Beyond that one moment at 3pm, how can we honor the true significance of Memorial Day? The Memorial Day Foundation, an organization formed to increase awareness and respect for Memorial Day, recommends a few gestures of respect:
  • Wear a Memorial Day Button from the first of May until Memorial Day.
  • Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
  • Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of “National Mourning.”
  • Attend religious services of your choice.
  • Visit memorials.
  • Renew a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
It’s also important that we impart the true meaning of this holiday to our children, so that they grow up understanding that Memorial Day is not about our own pleasure but about honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
 

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For someone like me who is not from the U.S , Memorial Day in the U.S looks from the outside like another opportunity for shops to do sales and for people to have picnics.
I think this is quite disrespectful for all the fallen soldiers and their family whose life were destroyed.

Over here , Memorial day is truly a day of mourning,
the air-raid sirens sound country wide for 1 minute in the evening and in the afternoon the day after.
restaurants are closed, all the songs on the radio are sad songs about war and fallen soldiers ,
all the channels on TV show documentaries and there are ceremonies in all military cemeteries in the country, you could probably get a fine for having a BBQ outdoor that day.
 

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For someone like me who is not from the U.S , Memorial Day in the U.S looks from the outside like another opportunity for shops to do sales and for people to have picnics.
I think this is quite disrespectful for all the fallen soldiers and their family whose life were destroyed.

Over here , Memorial day is truly a day of mourning,
the air-raid sirens sound country wide for 1 minute in the evening and in the afternoon the day after.
restaurants are closed, all the songs on the radio are sad songs about war and fallen soldiers ,
all the channels on TV show documentaries and there are ceremonies in all military cemeteries in the country, you could probably get a fine for having a BBQ outdoor that day.

Sounds to me like you would get a fine if you have a smile on your face that day. :rolleyes: Sorry but, a memorial does not mean you have to walk around all day with a long face. Celebrations of what others have done for you can be a happy occasion.
 

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For someone like me who is not from the U.S , Memorial Day in the U.S looks from the outside like another opportunity for shops to do sales and for people to have picnics.
I think this is quite disrespectful for all the fallen soldiers and their family whose life were destroyed.

Sure holidays have become over-commercialized in the US and other places but mourning and remembrance is done differently by different people and any one set of customs and traditions isn't necessarily more sacred than others.

Getting together with friends and family while sharing a good meal and a good time is a great way to remember on a day like this especially around veterans.
 

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Sadly, as time passes by it is all to easy to forget the original message and intention. Especially when this information becomes second, third... forth hand.... and more and more abstract for each generation.

Perhaps remembering and reflecting shouldn't be about sad, or happy; but rather working to understand what it was originally all about.
 

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Sadly, as time passes by it is all to easy to forget the original message and intention. Especially when this information becomes second, third... forth hand.... and more and more abstract for each generation.

Perhaps remembering and reflecting shouldn't be about sad, or happy; but rather working to understand what it was originally all about.

Memorial Day at one time was observed on May 30th which is still called Traditional Memorial Day by some which is my birthday so I learned about it's history at an earlier age simply because of this.
 

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Renew a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
And then continue to do exactly what you have done with your pledge all year long until next memorial day... which is precisely nothing.
 

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And then continue to do exactly what you have done with your pledge all year long until next memorial day... which is precisely nothing.

Well, I hope it's not that way for most people.

Honestly, a $100 to a supporting charity once a year is nothing to you or I but it means to world to the veteran and their families.
 

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If you are going to give to a charity then do a little research before hand and make sure it's a good one. The high visibility charities, although they may do good work, also spend an inordinate percentage of their donations on fundraising and overhead.
 

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Shopping, grilling/bbq, taking a vacation or sleeping in. I would so win Family Feud on this topic.
 

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If we really cared so much for all the fallen soldiers (that actually needed to fight to save us in valid wars) we wouldn't keep letting (rich) people/corporations profit off of them being there in wars in first place or let those same people keep sending them everywhere on the planet under some guise. Wars aren't for protecting us anymore, they're for profit, and not to the masses.

So not every war should be fought and not every soldier is a hero, at least in my book. On top of that it's the civilians that always suffer worse fates than the military forces do. So lets remember all of the non-violent people that get slaughtered by guys that like killing other people for any reason possible. Like the native Americans that were 99% wiped out for us to be on this land now.

Oh, my bad, I strayed from the normal rhetoric. Nationalism is stupid anyway. We're all humans, we're all the same kind, just in different locations on the planet.

I'm proud to be a Homo Sapien.
 

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Memorial Day is a farce. It's nothing more than a commercialized holiday, like every other "holiday" we celebrate in America.
 

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Memorial Day is a farce. It's nothing more than a commercialized holiday, like every other "holiday" we celebrate in America.

"I don't normally have a hamburger, a hot dog and a bratwurst, but it is the 4th of July. It's what the Founding Fathers would want!" Jim Gaffigan

Working in retail, this means beer sales. Time for you bastards to get mad about them A-rabs that don't like the flag, but let me dry my ass with this flag towel and check out the ladies in 'Merica bikinis.

Fuck you. Fuck your flag.
People died, and not all of those were on your side.




People died. Remember that instead of your damn flag or your damn burger.
 

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It is ironic. Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those that died to help protect our freedom. That freedom would include grilling dogs and burgers or taking a vacation on Memorial Day.
 

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What do I do on Memorial Day? I travel to visit the grave of one of the 3 dozen friends I lost in wars I either no longer support or believe to be just. For me, it's a day of anger and mourning that a bunch of motherfuckers just see as a day off work and to chill with their families. Here I sit with a half broken body and emotional scars that will last a lifetime, with the rest of the country worrying about what sales there will be at best buy or some shit. Naturally, I'm not pleasant to be around on Memorial Day. In fact, this is the first one I didn't get piss drunk and tear into someone wishing me a "happy" Memorial Day...so I guess that's something.
 

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It is ironic. Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those that died to help protect our freedom.


The-Only-Freedom-Soldiers-Defend-is-for-Corporations-to-Exploit-for-Profit.jpg
 

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Memorial Day doesn't just cover those that fought in the most recent wars (which I presume this dumbass picture is getting at) you stupid motherfucker.


Well then, maybe we should have two separate holidays, one for real heroes of days past, and one for you and your friends, the ones too stupid to realize the reality we live in now.

Just saying.
 

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Well then, maybe we should have two separate holidays, one for real heroes of days past, and one for you and your friends, the ones too stupid to realize the reality we live in now.

Just saying.

Your picture, very interesting in the context of Memorial Day which has it's roots from the end of the Civil War. A war that indeed was fought mostly over the ability to exploit people.
 

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Your picture, very interesting in the context of Memorial Day which has it's roots from the end of the Civil War. A war that indeed was fought mostly over the ability to exploit people.

Exploiting people won't end in any war.
 

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I'll remember my Grandfather who fought in the pacific theater and went through literal hell. He was and still is the greatest man I've ever known. Hearing stories of his unit lamenting of his bravery and how many times he saved their lives is something I won't forget.

He passed in 1999. In my arms of heart failure.
 

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Hmm not to nit pick but shouldn't widows be widows/widowers, men and women lose their lives while deployed not just men.

Also a big thing, do NOT tell a vet or active service man/woman thank you for your service or wish them a happy memorial day, it tends to stir up emotions of survivor guilt in some who will get very mad at you. -- This is pretty much true for anyone who's experienced personal loss.
 

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I'll remember my Grandfather who fought in the pacific theater and went through literal hell. He was and still is the greatest man I've ever known. Hearing stories of his unit lamenting of his bravery and how many times he saved their lives is something I won't forget.

He passed in 1999. In my arms of heart failure.

Wow.

My dad flew in B-26 over germany in WW2. He finally opened up about things that his crews went through, people who died, etc.

Brave men, great generation.

Shame to see the country so fubar-ed.
 

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Reading parts of this thread is just sad, examples of the abstraction in action I guess.

Exploiting people won't end in any war.

There cannot be capitalism without exploitation. Socialism is expensive... Etc... There is a cost to everything, pick your Poison.
 

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For someone like me who is not from the U.S , Memorial Day in the U.S looks from the outside like another opportunity for shops to do sales and for people to have picnics.
Over here , Memorial day is truly a day of mourning,

That's all because we won. :D
 

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Wow.

My dad flew in B-26 over germany in WW2. He finally opened up about things that his crews went through, people who died, etc.

Brave men, great generation.

Shame to see the country so fubar-ed.

All true.
But consider events soon after the end of WWII.
The communist seized Berlin and closed all roads making the people of Berlin prisioners. The people were starving and dying for lack of medicines.
THE SAME C-47s that dropped Airborne troops in France during D-Day were laden with food, medicine, and goods for the people of Germany whom we just defeated.
That is the character of AMERICA and it's people.
Not the iron boot of tyranny but a heart of compassion and the hand of friendship.
 
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