Greed and Memorial Day

@dragon54u (31617)
United States
May 28, 2017 12:34pm CST
I don't buy anything on weekends like this. I refuse to trivialize the sacrifice of thousands of brave men and women by shopping the sales that capitalize on their sacrifice. If they were giving away a free new car to everyone on Memorial Day I would not go to that business. I do not shop at all on Memorial Day. There is nothing celebratory about this "holiday". We are supposed to honor the men and women who gave their lives so that we could be free. Instead, people have cookouts, attend sales, and generally celebrate having a day off work. How many people truly take the time to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made so that they can have the right to be that shallow and ungrateful? I hope you will all take at least a few seconds this weekend to honor those who paid the ultimate price for your freedom here in the United States. It's not about sales or celebration, it's about appreciating those who loved this country enough to to die for us.
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@NJChicaa (40104)
• United States
28 May 17
The meaning of the "holiday" is definitely lost here at the Jersey Shore as it is the start of the summer beach season. All of the tourists flood the area this weekend and it continues through Labor Day.
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@Courtlynn (66112)
• United States
28 May 17
Same here on Cape.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
28 May 17
That must be very upsetting to see your community invaded like that. Sure, it means prosperity but tourists don't have much respect for the places they vacation at. We're not in a good place as a nation when such a day as Memorial Day is trivialized as it is.
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@NJChicaa (40104)
• United States
28 May 17
@dragon54u the money is good for the area but the people are obnoxious
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@Bensen32 (667)
• United States
28 May 17
As a former Marine and part of a family that has many former military and a few active ones, Memorial Day has always been a big deal in our family. Although we do get together and cook out and enjoy each others company we usually do it on Sunday. I'm actually heading over there in the next few hours. This year we have my nephew home on leave. We teach the kids in the family from a young age that this is not a BBQ holiday, or just an excuse to miss work but it has real meaning behind it and that should never be forgotten. We celebrate and remember those military members that gave their lives in the service of our military. I hope you all enjoy your weekend and take a few minutes out of your weekend to remember those that sacrificed for us.
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
28 May 17
Thank you for your service and that of your family. Thank you for keeping my children free. I don't just think of you on Memorial Day, but most days. If not for men and women like you we would be living very different lives. I will fly my flag for you and all the other tomorrow.
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@Bensen32 (667)
• United States
29 May 17
@dragon54u Thank you, It was my honor.
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@dhoyalahoy (1419)
• Philippines
28 May 17
Enjoy the day and remember the sacrifice
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
28 May 17
Right, nothing wrong with enjoying the day but take at least a moment to remember those who made it possible. Your country has some great heroes to honor, too, who fought for my country and for your own.
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• Preston, England
30 May 17
people should do their remembering as well as making use of the day for other activity too certainly
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• Preston, England
30 May 17
@dragon54u same here, if shops opened Christmas Day people would hop then too
@PatZAnthony (12616)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
28 May 17
Some of us know all too well what the day is really about. The picnics and nonsense going on in the stores has nothing to do with what has become a holiday.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
29 May 17
Everything ends up being commercialized, it's a real shame.
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@PatZAnthony (12616)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 May 17
@dragon54u Looks like this will never change.
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@Courtlynn (66112)
• United States
28 May 17
I don't think I've agreed more to a post since I've joined here 3 months ago! I do not celebrate with cookouts, shopping sales, playing beach games etc. As I know what this holiday is about. My grandfather, Great-Grandmother, and great-grandfather all served. (Although they didn't die while serving). And my little cousin is now serving. Yes I will be doing normal food shopping today and tomorrow, but not like the big sales stuff others do this time of year. It is not me.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
28 May 17
Thank you for your family's service. I will pray for your cousin's safety. I don't shop at all on this weekend nor at Veteran's Day sales. No one notices, it makes no difference at all, but it's just my way of protesting people making a buck on the sacrifices of our most noble citizens. If we could somehow get rid of greed we would have paradise.
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@Courtlynn (66112)
• United States
28 May 17
@dragon54u thank you.
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• United States
28 May 17
Yes more solemness, less excuses to party please, thank you very much.
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• United States
28 May 17
@dragon54u Bless him and thanks to those in your family that served. RIP
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• United States
30 May 17
Honoring those who served to keep us free is truly the way to celebrate Memorial Day. I have grandfathers, uncles, cousins and a brother who served.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
30 May 17
I appreciate their service, your family must be very proud. I wish it was a solemn day for all. My DIL's family threw a huge party with a donkey, a bounce house, and a Mariachi band.
@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
29 May 17
I don't shop at all today. Its a day to remember all the people that made it possible for me to be here. Many of my family members served including one of my daughter's, brothers, cousins, and my husband. No cookout here, as my husband and I are spending a very quiet day home.
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
28 May 17
That is an excellent post. It always bothers me when people say they are 'celebrating' Memorial Day.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
28 May 17
Me, too. My family always treated it as a solemn occasion since my grandfather fought in WWI.
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@magnumopus (1674)
• Singapore
29 May 17
I think the two is a bad mix.
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