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  1. #1
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    Default "Happy" Memorial Day ?

    a local grocery store had this sign up, covered in pictures of American flags and hamburgers. Said something like "summer's coming" in smaller letters.

    "Happy." Really? I couldn't believe it. I emailed the store saying that I had been intending to come in but bypassed it when I saw that sign. I'm not a veteran, have no one in the forces and for some reason that really got to me.

    Store got back to me twice, first saying they'd look into it and again a short time ago to say they'd taken it down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slewdledo View Post
    a local grocery store had this sign up, covered in pictures of American flags and hamburgers. Said something like "summer's coming" in smaller letters.

    "Happy." Really? I couldn't believe it. I emailed the store saying that I had been intending to come in but bypassed it when I saw that sign. I'm not a veteran, have no one in the forces and for some reason that really got to me.

    Store got back to me twice, first saying they'd look into it and again a short time ago to say they'd taken it down.
    Why wouldn't people be happy on a long weekend in the spring? Do you spend the day in mourning, or something?
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    Memorial Day is a day to remember and honour those who lost their lives serving our country. I mean, we shouldn't mope around all weekend, but have some respect. My family has a LOOOOONG military history. Goes back many, many generations.

    IMO, there are a lot of people who have forgotten why this is a holiday... it's just another day off work and another reason to throw a party. To my former instructor, all it means is that she can go take the flowers out of the cemetery. TBH, I don't think I would have thought anything of the sign... I'm so used to seeing them I haven't really thought about it.



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    I agree that "Happy" Memorial Day doesn't seem right. But then, I think there aren't very many people who see it as anything more than a "long weekend in the spring." The meaning of the holiday has been lost on most people.
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    While "happy" may not be the best way to represent the holiday, I think it was well intended. It is a day to remember but also a day to spend with your family. Family time is always happy time
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    To put this more in to prespective; I just lost my 27 year old cousin last month. He served to tours in Iraq and had PTSD. He was on a waiting list through the military to get help. He ended up taking his own life. So ya when it comes to using the word Happy in front of Memorial I do take offense to that.



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    I think it was a tasteless sign and I'm glad they took it down. Just another one of those thoughtless things we humans do.

    I'm not big on military stuff, but I respect the day and the reason for keeping it, and have many ancestors on both sides of my family who were vets, including one who died in a war. "Happy" just doesn't seem appropriate, IMO. Yes, it's a nice long weekend, and yes, some people tend to spend it with families, and hopefully they are happy rather than sad.

    But "Happy Memorial Day"? Nope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gdolapp View Post
    To put this more in to prespective; I just lost my 27 year old cousin last month. He served to tours in Iraq and had PTSD. He was on a waiting list through the military to get help. He ended up taking his own life. So ya when it comes to using the word Happy in front of Memorial I do take offense to that.
    I am so sorry for the loss of your cousin and that the system for his complete recovery let him down. ((hugs))



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