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Memorial Day: A Solemn, not “Happy,” Holiday

Posted by languageandgrammar on May 28, 2010

I enjoy a three-day weekend as much as the next person, and I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t enjoy the Memorial Day weekend——–but———Memorial Day is a day to remember those who died serving our country.

In other words, “Happy Memorial Day” is an oxymoron. It would be like wishing someone a happy anniversary of a death in a family.

I know. We’ve talked about this before, but if you can’t repeat yourself on your own blog, where can you?

As a Memorial Day bonus (not to be confused with all of the Memorial Day home-improvement sales–what is the connection between memorializing fallen soldiers and 50% off of paint supplies?), remember that there’s a big difference between the phrases “fighting for our freedom” and “serving our country.”

–Paul

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