“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.”-- Richard Thompson
Memorial Day has become synonymous with celebrations, beach parties, shopping, short vacations, picnics, camping trips, and so on. It’s just another occasion to splurge and be merry. But deep down our heart, we are forgetting one point, rather the main point - Memorial Day is the time to pay our tribute to the fallen heroes of this country who constitute only 7% of the nation’s population.
When you type memorial day in Google search engine, you’ll find ‘auto search suggestions’ related to ‘memorial day sales’, ‘memorial day songs’, ‘memorial day sayings’, etc. What is notable is that there is no word related to salute or soldiers, and this shows the mentality of the people in the country.
People are more interested in having fun than paying tribute to soldiers or helping them in any way.
People are more interested in having fun than paying tribute to soldiers or helping them in any way, and that’s tragic.
In 2016, people lost almost $139.2 million value of items in Memorial weekend. In 2013, travelers spent $1.44 billion just on gas. These 2 figures are enough to give an idea about the amount people are wasting every year.
Mostly, you get 3 days in the Memorial Day weekend. I agree that we all want to celebrate with family in those days. But can’t we devote at least one day to honor our soldiers? Is it too much to ask?
I end this article on Memorial Day with this message that let us pay tribute to our valiant soldiers for dedicated service in our country. Let help them and their families financially instead of wasting money on shopping and expensive fun-frolic activities. Be dollarwise on this Memorial Day so that both you and veterans can enjoy equally.