Memorial Day…heroes or hangovers?

Most of us know Memorial Day as that Monday holiday that allows us an extension to our weekend…the starting day of summer, going to the beach, parties, etc.  Many of us (myself included) have forgotten, or worse yet, have never known what Memorial Day is truly about.

“…That blood of heroes never dies” is what Memorial Day is about.

You may not want a history lesson as you’re recovering from your hangovers of the past few days…and preparing for today’s more picnics and drinking, but let’s give credit to where it’s due.

My mother flew in to town earlier today.  She mentioned that there were groups of military men and women…army, to be exact…all over the airport.  Some were going home, others were getting deployed.  There were several of them who boarded my mom’s flight.  She asked me why most of them boarded the flight last, after most of the other passengers…why weren’t they asked to board first.  Isn’t that an interesting question?

Some airlines allow military personnel to board before all other passengers, some do not have it in their policy.  To me it’s just respect and common sense, if I see a military personnel (in or out of uniform) I will inform the gate attendant who will then allow them to board first.  Not once has this request ever been denied.

The airline my mother flew is Delta.  To their saving grace, the captain of that flight personally greeted, spoke with, and thanked the service men and women once they were on board.  He also asked if any of them would like to take the available seats in first class.  They declined to take them.  Our heroes…declined to take the first class seats that many of us would have easily jumped at.

My mom made it a point to go up to them and thank them for their service.  My dad is a US army veteran, and being immigrants, my mom and I have always respected those who risk their lives for ours.

Memorial Day is not necessarily about those men on my mom’s flights or even men like my dad, but what does that story say about us…our society?

Memorial Day is a “day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.”  This great nation that we live in, with our freedoms and opportunities.

How many of you are attending some kind of ceremony on this day of remembrance?  Most towns, unfortunately, have gotten away from ceremonies, parades, etc. to thank and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.  I live in Texas and am lucky to be in a state that appreciates its freedom and the men and women who have fought for them.  We’ll be attending a Memorial Day Ceremony and donating care package items to the Houston Marine Moms.  How will you give thanks to those who have given their lives for you?  I would love to hear from you 🙂

So as you are enjoying today with your friends and family (and for some of you, nursing your hangover); at 3pm, I ask of you to take a bit of time out of your day and pay your respects to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that you may spend yours in enjoyment.

“We cherish too, the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.”

– Moina Michael