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Not Just a Three-Day Weekend

Saturday, 25 May 2002 12:00 AM

Countless wishes are heard to have a "Happy Memorial Day" and to "enjoy the holiday."

Happy? Enjoy?

Are these really appropriate sentiments for what was, and should be, a time of solemn and grateful reflection?

What was once a time given to honoring our heroic war dead has become little more than bargains, burgers and beer. To an extent, this may be somewhat related to having had such an extended period of relative peace. But it is a time that must not be allowed to become just another three-day weekend of frivolity and indulgence.

The Fourth of July is a time for happy celebration in recognition of the birth of our nation. Fireworks and picnics and parties rightly occupy our time as we rejoice in our independence as a free people.

Memorial Day should be different.

Formerly known as Decoration Day, May 30 was designated to mark the supreme sacrifice of those fallen in combat in service to our nation, with graveside displays of recognition from a grateful people.

Later, as Memorial Day, this time was intended for remembering and memorializing, praying and reflecting, pausing to give meaningful thought to our fathers, brothers, uncles and sons who paid the ultimate price in defense of our freedom.

How sadly ironic that in quiet graves across our land and around the globe, abruptly shortened lives lie still – never having reached their natural end, and never having experienced the fullness of their own lives, so that we might in their stead.

Such a noble and glorious sacrifice must be remembered and cherished. Appropriate ceremony and prayer must be conducted. If only for a brief but significant moment, each of us citizens of the United States of America must hold our departed heroes to our hearts.

Only in this way can we honor their souls and renew our own, rededicating the principles which they and we hold dear.

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Dan Frisa represented New York in the United States Congress and served four terms in the New York State Assembly.

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Countless wishes are heard to have a Happy Memorial Day and to enjoy the holiday. Happy? Enjoy? Are these really appropriate sentiments for what was, and should be, a time of solemn and grateful reflection? What was once a time given to honoring our heroic war dead...
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