Just thinking about all of the men and women who left their families and gave up their lives for the sake of ours sends chills down my spine. They truly made the ultimate sacrifice and did an extraordinary thing.
I have to admit that I bristle every time I hear someone say “Happy Memorial Day” or see an ad for Memorial Day car or furniture sales covered in American flags. On one hand, it’s great to have a long weekend where a large share of American working families get to have time off together–we work hard, we sacrifice, and we build the best quality of life we can in this country. We love the beach, the lake, the river, the backyard, or wherever we choose to celebrate that.
But it’s also well worth taking some time to remember why Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States. This isn’t the same as Veteran’s Day, where we honor and…
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