Happy Memorial Day, friends. Please be safe if you’re out and about.
ABC News on how Memorial Day has lost its true meaning: “By the early 20th century, the holiday had evolved to honor all military members who died in service. Some veterans say Memorial Day began to be watered down more than four decades ago when Congress changed the date from its traditional May 30 to the last Monday in May to give people a three-day weekend. Arguing that transformed a solemn day of remembrance into one associated with leisure and recreation, veterans groups have long advocated a return to May 30.”
NPR says Memorial Day is not the day to say thanks: “As most people are aware (or should be), Memorial Day and Veterans Day serve different purposes. Veterans Day is to honor the service of people who have worn the uniforms of the armed forces. Memorial Day is intended to remember those who died while serving. Visconti encourages those who want to say supportive words to a veteran to recognize “that the person may have friends who died in combat.” As far as saying thank you goes, “I don’t need to be thanked for my service,” he tells NPR’s Michel Martin. “I think it’s become kind of a platitude, toss-away thing to say.”