I won\’t hold it against you if you have said it in the past – Just don\’t \”wish me\” a happy Memorial
Day or I will say something. I will try to be as tactful as I can, as I respond to this major pet peeve of mine. Even as a young person, I never could understand it – why people wish others to have a happy memorial day. Just crazy. If you never knew, then know it NOW. It\’s not cool. Actually, it\’s offensive to me but because people are usually clueless, I try not to jump down their throat. It is a \”teachable moment\” most people can respect.
It was July 4, 1967 – We were in the front yard gardening when we saw a black military car drive by slowly. We all KNEW…neighbors came to the middle of the street. The Chrysler family lived at the end of the block about 20 houses between us – He was a good neighbor and a brother to one of my friends. It was so quiet we could hear Mrs. Chrysler, as she cried out the most heartbreaking sound I ever heard. He was 19 years old. He was ambushed on Route 561 NE of Con Thien, South Vietnam, Quang Tri province. You don\’t forget stuff like that.
I think of him every Memorial Day and every July 4.
It\’s not appropriate. It is the time to remember our fallen; it should be a somber reminder of the brave sacrifice men and women have made.
Another Pet Peeve of mine is:
Don\’t they teach this in school anymore?