I’m a Veteran, and I Hate Happy Memorial Day, Here’s Why

I have friends buried in a small corner of a rolling green field just down the road from the Pentagon. They’re permanently assigned to Section 60. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it’s 14 acres in the southeast corner of Arlington National Cemetery that serves as a burial ground for many military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are fresh graves there.

I spent my formative years in combat boots and all of my friends are in the military, were in the military, or married into the military. I have several friends buried at Arlington, and know of dozens more men and women interred in that hallowed ground . . .

I toyed with the idea of making the trip south from New York City this weekend to spend some time, reflect and sit quietly but decided against it. Some friend, huh?


I’m angry. I’ve come to realize people think Happy Memorial Day is the official start of summer. It’s grilled meat, super-duper discounts, a day (or two) off work, beer, potato salad and porches draped in bunting.

But it shouldn’t be. It’s more than that. Nearly 150 years ago, Memorial Day— first called Decoration Day— was set aside to decorate the graves of the men who’d recently died in battle. America was still reeling from the Civil War when Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a proclamation in 1868, according to a PBS account of his decision. “The 30th of May,” he declared, “would be an occasion to honor those who died in the conflict.” (Read more from "I'm a Veteran, and I Hate Happy Memorial Day - Here's Why" HERE)

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  • J August

    My sentiments exactly!

  • mikecnj

    Decoration Day is a sober day of rememberance :
    go visit your family plot and do some decorating

  • Richard Graziano

    I totally agree that too many do not see Memorial day as a solemn day of respect. We are doing a disservice to the fallen heroes when we do not celebrate their sacrifice with honor. It is not the cookout or the party. Any cookout should be in remembrance of the fallen and a salute to them. I have long advocated the reading of Pericles’ Funeral Oration at every Memorial Day and every Memorial Celebration.

  • Dowhatsrigh

    Well, we all have friends buried in military graves. But do you really think that these people fought and died would want you to go around mourning them, or do you think that they just want to be remembered that they are the ones that gave you the freedom to celerbrate. There are many that military and otherwise that want you to celerbrate their life so that they know their lives have not been lost in vain.

  • Like it or not, Memorial Day is a propaganda tool for the International Bankers and their New World Order so as to insure more cannon fodder for their future wars:

    “…The power to declare war is a serious responsibility. Why were the framers so vague in defining the parameters of war and the conditions under which it could be declared? Section 8, Clause 11 is the only place of significance where warfare is mentioned in the Constitution. Little wonder this power has been abused. Luther
    Martin [one of Maryland’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention]
    protested:

    ‘…the congress have also a power given them to raise and support armies, without any limitation as to numbers, and without any restriction in time of peace. Thus, sir, this plan of government, instead of guarding against a standing army, that engine of arbitrary
    power, which has so often and so successfully been used for the
    subversion of freedom, has in its formation given it an express and
    constitutional sanction….’40

    “John Quincy Adams predicted the consequences of America’s international military entanglements:

    ‘America … has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings…. Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions, and her prayers be. But she goesnot abroad in search of monsters to destroy.… She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors, and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force; the frontlet on her brow would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished luster, the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.’41

    “Because the framers provided no Biblical parameters, unbiblical warfare has been the rule ever since. Following is a list of the countries bombed by the United States since World War II….

    “From 1945 to the present, the United States has bombed nineteen different countries under the guise of defending America’s sovereignty and promoting democracy. But America is none the better for it, and not one of these countries has become a legitimate democracy – not that this would be anything to celebrate. Something is amiss. Wars fought for political gain or financial profit can only be classified as ungodly acts of aggression….”

    For more, see online Chapter 4 “Article 1: Legislative Usurpation” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 4.

    • speedle24

      Uh oh, it’s the “International Bankers” again (code for Jews) that are the bane of world peace. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

      • gunnerv1

        Sorry, I’m Jewish, but I Defiantly ain’t rich, even my cousins in Israel, New York,and Florida aren’t rich (also don’t know and Jewish Bankers). So take your stereotype elsewhere. So who has ruined Memorial Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Labor Day Christmas and New Years? Short Answer “Commercialism” would be a very good start.

        • speedle24

          If you are truly Jewish, you must have been living underground for the last century. You need to check up on what is going on. The term “International Bankers” has been synonymous with Jews since Hitler was in power. I’m not the one doing the stereotyping you dolt. I am pointing out what some of these nut bags believe. Perhaps you are one of the Jews that help elect Obama at the expense of Israel. That would explain a lot.

          • gunnerv1

            Not even close, I hate Obama more that Carter and Clinton combined. Dyed in the Wool Hardcore, Gun Toting (can’t Thump a Bible) Conservative!

  • ijohnc1

    I disagree, Memorial Day is for those who have gone before us who wrote constitution, bill of rights, fought in the revolution army to free us from tyranny, pioneers, plainsmen, settlers, the list is endless, we are a country who have fought for our God given right for preserving and advancing freedom through out the world.
    I will go to our Veterans cemetery with that in mind, and I will commemorate all that and give thanks to them for helping light your BBQ’s, gather, talk with your friends and enjoy your freedom to do it, to do less is up to you.
    God Bless America!

  • kktex12

    I agree with you Joe.

  • Linda

    Want to talk about disrespect, Memorial Day week-end brings in the homosexuals who take over Pensacola Beach. Do you think they are honoring our fallen hero’s ? DOUBT IT VERY MUCH !!