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Why I won’t wish you a happy Memorial Day

As I scrolled through my Facebook page, a beautiful red, white and blue tablescape caught my eye. It was a post from Sandra Lee (television host, cookbook author). I recognized the tablescape from Between Naps on the Porch, a blog I regularly read. The headline from Sandra Lee read “Perfect tablescape for Memorial Day”. I started to read the comments and many read “Happy Memorial Day” “Can’t wait to get Summer started” etc. Sandra Lee asked “How will you be decorating your table for Memorial Day?”

I stopped and cringed (as I often do on Facebook… A story for another time). No offense to Sandra Lee as I am sure she probably doesn’t even write her own Facebook posts. I was more offended surprised by the comments on the post. Many, many people wrote about their plans, what they were going to eat, how happy Summer was almost here, how they decorated. Only a few people commented about what Memorial Day really means. I don’t think by any means, comments were meant to be insensitive or offensive. It’s a tablescape!

I won’t be offended if you wish me a Happy Memorial Day. For a lot of people, it is a happy day. School’s out for most. Weather is warming up. Three day weekend. Barbecues. Swimming. Camping. I get it. I celebrate all these fun things too! But there is more to Memorial day than fun.

I had a great visit with a good friend of mine, Cheryl. We had a great conversation about how sometimes people are just ignorant (not negative, just not knowledgeable) to how someone may react or don’t know what to say. The Sandra Lee post reminded me of this.

  • Memorial Day

A National day of remembrance to honor those who have died while serving in our country’s armed forces.

  • Armed Forces Day

A day of honor to those who are serving or have served in our country’s armed forces.

  • Patriot Day 

A National day of remembrance for those who perished on September 11, 2001.

  • Veteran’s Day

A day that honors all veterans serving or have served in our country’s armed forces.

I am privileged to be the wife of a disabled military veteran. My family includes a long list of veteran’s: father, father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, cousins, Thank you to all who serve or have served.

We are having a barbecue on Monday. We are celebrating the warm weather and I will make sure my table is dressed. I will enjoy the company of my family for a happy day.  But, I will also take time to honor those who have died while serving this great country of ours. They paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have in this country. I hope you will take time to honor them too.

Step in Faith,