Note: This was originally published on 5/24/14 as part of the Picture Tells A Story feature on Bilerico.com
It’s Memorial Day weekend. In the resort town I live in, that means a return of the tourists (and their money), and the true beginning of summer, for all that it will barely break sixty degrees. But of course, Memorial Day is about much more than the local supermarket going to longer hours, or a day off for school kids and bankers.
Memorial Day was created out of “Decoration Day,” during which people cleaned up and decorated military graves, although the 1968 move from observing Memorial Day on May 30th to doing so on “the last Monday in May” in order to create a three-day weekend may have done much to undermine its traditional meaning.
Personally, I wish the day retained more of that meaning, although not because I’m a “patriot” or…
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