Is it crass to say Happy Memorial Day? (Poll)
It started in 1868 as Decoration Day, a time to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Eventually competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions merged into one and it became known as Memorial Day. Memorial Day eventually became a holiday to honor all of our country's war dead. It grew in popularity after World War II and was officially declared by name Memorial Day in 1967.
As a federal holiday meant to honor our nation's war dead I cringe when I hear a certain phrase. I heard it several times this weekend.
"Happy Memorial Day!"
Am I being petty? I don't think so. Would you say to someone attending a funeral, "Hey have fun at the funeral." I understand that because things close down for Memorial Day people inevitably plan getaways and cookouts on their day off. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. Yet when people actually say the words, "Happy Memorial Day" I feel like the true meaning of the holiday must be lost on them. I find it crass. Just as crass as if you said, "Happy memorial service" to someone who had lost a loved one.
In this busy world where we're overworked and underpaid is it too much to expect people to remember the reason for Memorial Day rather than just enjoy their barbecues? You tell us. Please take our poll.