There's been a lot of research, by Christians and others, into the history of various holidays. It's good to search for the true meaning and purpose of various days off of work before such days are watered down by huge sales and vacation opportunities. Such re-thinking has been notably done, for example, in regards to Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Mother's Day and has rightfully challenged how we acknowledge such days beyond tossing some extra money into a kitsch-business bank.
So, how about Memorial Day?
I stumbled over a challenging post this morning. I think it's worth a read (despite one PG-rated word).
I don’t have a clue how it is that Memorial Day became so intricately intertwined with one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. I don’t know how the marketing team at JC Penney or Macy’s or Target decides that there is no better weekend or way to honor the fallen than to advertise blockbuster deals.
What are ways we can properly utilize Memorial Days in the future? Thoughts?