For the past two months, all I have been reading on Twitter and Facebook are the countdowns to Memorial Day Weekend. Typically abbreviated to MDW, this extended weekend is one of the most anticipated holidays on the east coast. It marks the end of the spring semester and cold weather, while kicking off the summer season on a high note. Even though millions of people are rushing to the beaches for a weekend of wild drinking and barbecues, it is sad to think most of them don’t even know why we celebrate Memorial Day.
If it wasn’t for the troops that sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom, we wouldn’t even be able to be a part of all the festivities we take for granted. Before I continue writing, I want to take the time out to thank any man or woman who has given their life serving our country. It is an honor to know there are so many brave people out there in this world. Unfortunately, most of the answers for why we celebrate this day from the people shoving their faces with food and becoming blackout drunk would probably be disappointing.
I feel like most holidays have really lost their meaning since I grew up. It is great that we get to share time with our loved ones and relax on special occasions from our busy lives, but we should also be thankful and remember why we are given this privilege. It could be a holiday to remember our soldiers or a religious holiday, but it turned from something meaningful into a day for only receiving presents and not having to work.
I hope that this Memorial Day, we remember all our fallen heroes that risked their lives in the line of duty. If you see a veteran or person in uniform, you should take a few seconds our of your time to thank them. The smallest gesture could really brighten up their day. But remember this, these soldiers are still fighting for our freedom even on holidays and special occasions. Just like these real life warriors, we should remember our goals and purpose. This is a holiday and gives us the opportunity to have some relaxation to ourselves, but that doesn’t mean our dreams have a day off. I took took time out of my day to pay my respects, but I am still going to work hard and go after my goals. Our fallen should always be honored every day, but I think they would be even more proud of us if we take advantage of the freedom they died fighting for and used it to better ourselves. Happy Memorial Day and I hope everyone has a great weekend.
How will you be spending your Memorial Day?