MEMORIAL DAY HAS BECOME A “ME” DAY 05/22/2009


By Moody Adams
“For most Brooklynites this holiday weekend, "M" will stand for Memorial Day: barbecues, picnics, a day at the beach - perhaps even a family potato sack race. But for Takisha Word, "M" will stand for "Me Day." The Crown Heights mom of two plans to get dressed up in a red, white and blue outfit, stock up on junk food, cook some spareribs and watch scary movies in bed – alone, writes Veronika Belenkaya of the Daily News.

This self indulgent era has forgotten much of the meaning of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Wearing red popies to honor the fallen soldiers began in 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael wrote:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

Too many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected.

Remember this Memorial Day "the many fallen soldiers who gave up all their tomorrows so that we might enjoy ours," Biscett.

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