According to wikipedia, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Memorial Day is truly meant to celebrate those who have served and still serve our country.
It was not meant to forget about the veterans, and just have majorly fun cookouts.
So, although I am guilty of relaxing and enjoying a wonderful 3 day weekend with people I've loved for various amounts of years, I celebrate the great life I have, with many thanks to those who made it possible for me... the many known and unknown veterans, the parents, siblings, uncles, friends, coworkers, bosses.... without you all, there is no me.
I am also proud to approach an obvious veteran, no matter their age, shake their hand and say thank you for serving. It was hard the first time, but it is easier every time I do it.