a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event
It's Memorial Day. It's a day that is mostly associated with a three-day weekend, a day off from school, bbqs, jet skis, a big sale at Macy's, and lots and lots of beer..... And that's all great stuff - we have done plenty of that, and we'll do it again today. But it's not why the holiday was established, so just make sure that amidst all the drinking and relaxation, you take a moment to remember the meaning of the day. It's to commemorate our fallen soliders. Perhaps, having just been to Iraq, it feels more poignant - and that's why we wanted to send this reminder.
For just one minute - at 3pm, participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. It doesn't matter what you're doing - just stop..... And if you are a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent - tell your kiddos what that moment of silence is about, so that we can spread the message of remembrance to a younger generation. Also keep in your thoughts the men and women who are far from home, in hostile territory, who do not get the day off, because doing so would mean jeopardizing our freedom.
Have a great day enjoying the suspension from work.....while also remembering why we're commemorating today.
And if you see a man or woman in uniform - today and everyday - take the time to say thank you.
Happy Memorial Day.