Memorial Day: Is It Happy?

I found that piece of art on Steve Jerve’s Facebook page – who is the local meteorologist for our NBC station, WFLA here in the Tampa Bay area.

I have wondered in recent years if saying “Happy Memorial Day” and emphasizing the “Happy” part of it – is that somehow a disservice to our military, and to those who died in service of our country?

The older I get – the more that answer comes back as yes. My father was one of those who served our country in the Army just after World War II, stationed for a time in Colorado as our country tried to figure out how to win future wars in colder climates after the Germans gave us trouble in the war often called “The Big One.”

So while we cook our food and enjoy the extra day this particular weekend brings us – remember those who served and perished to keep the country the way it has been.

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