When I was a kid, May 30th was a special day in our country. In 1971, it was moved to always be the last Monday of May and a lot of people look to it as the unofficial start of summer, resulting in numerous retail specials and sales (mattresses, barbecue supplies and outdoor gear, those kind of things).
It's common for countries to have celebrations for their armed forces or their politicians, but this one in particular is important to me. I wanted to share a bit of information about Memorial Day. It's a day where we honor, mourn, and remember those that have died in service. Somber, I know, and the majority of the military I know won't take offense to people wishing others a Happy Memorial Day. Just perhaps a reminder of what it means.
Coming here has provided a new twist, because I'm sure many of you know others that've fallen in wars we've never heard or dreamed of, have your own military traditions, or even may have died in service yourself and found yourself alive here. I'm hoping I can convince you all to use this day - this coming Monday - to not look at this as some random United States holiday, but a day we can all honor and mourn the lost, knowing they were doing what they thought was right, giving their all for it.
I'd also welcome anyone wishing to tell stories of people they know that've given everything for everyone else. What I wouldn't give to end all wars, but I can't bring myself to disrespect those who've died in them. I don't know if my words will bring anyone comfort, but if you need a shoulder or an ear, I'm here.