Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day part II

I did a bit of research last night and did discover that Memorial Day did start out as a day to honor the military dead, while Veterans Day was to honor living veterans of military service, so I was wrong about the original purpose. I think that comes from the fact that in this part of the world Memorial Day is not just for remembering military dead, but also a time to go check on the condidition of your family's graves and and monuments because it is the point where you're no longer worried about frost danger and can bring live plants.

This all makes me start thinking, aren't these all things we should be doing on a regular basis anyway? In that case it seems a bit sad that there have to be special days devoted to honoring those in the military living or dead.

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