Wednesday, May 27, 2009


It was Monday afternoon.

I had just finished lunch and was watching the Noon news as I continued recovery from my recent heart episode.

A reporterette was describing a gathering at a VFW section of a local cemetery in observance of Memorial Day.

Said she, "There are many different ethnic groups represented here today, including some men in uniform, but the emphasis seems to be weighted an awful lot toward the dead."

Memorial Day? Emphasis on the dead?

Do tell.

As the holiday seems to have become more about a day off from work, a back yard cook-out and a day at the park, its actual meaning seems to have been lost, having even become confused with another special day: Veterans Day.

I don't know what on earth they are teaching in our government run schools about these two holidays...not too much good I would guess, but couldn't they at least teach future reporterettes the difference?

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives (for those of you who attended government school: died) in service to our freedom through the military.

Veterans Day is a day to honor those who fought for our freedoms in a war and are still around to tell about it and/or who served in the military for a portion of their lives.

There are hospitals for veterans.

There are no hospitals for those who died...only grave sites.

Don't worry. Our vets have too much honor to get upset, and our honored dead won't.


Lone Ranger said...

I managed to become a broadcast journalist without taking any journalism courses. So, I have not been dumbed down.

bluepitbull said...

Sadly, some people watching this reporter will think that they received an education or departed knowledge in an age where people look to comedians and actors for advice and examples of how to live.

shoprat said...

She probably didn't know any better herself.