Memorial Day celebrates something pretty lofty. We honor those who have given the most a human being can give for his or her country.
The service members I've known don't really tend to lofty discussions, though. I mean, they can. They will when occassion calls for it. But they don't seem to spend a lot of time dwelling on the risks of their occupation. Their days are not spent in endless reflection about what they can do to protect our freedoms. For the most part they've been very straightforward, down to earth people. They've got jobs and families and hobbies and they love to have a good time.
So yeah, Memorial Day is a great holiday. Yes, those who have given their lives for our country deserve our utmost respect and eternal remembrance.
And yeah, it's entirely appropriate, I think, to celebrate by getting together with friends and loved ones for a barbecue.
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