I live in New York City. Yes, the big rotten apple. I’m among the millions of city dwellers who rely on public transportation. There are days when my ride is quiet and pleasant, but today wasn’t that day.
I LEFT MY HEAD PHONES HOME!
My one hour & fifteen minute commute quickly turned into the ride from hell. There is nothing enjoyable about hearing children screeching for attention from parents who are occupied by their cell phones. Or hearing five different loud conversations by people who are in close proximity. Myself and other passengers were entertained by a Bible toting christian yelling, ” You must be saved” for fifteen minutes. Than there was the paraded of people shaking their cups, to the tune of ” Spare change.” I arrived at my destination mentally drained . I bolted to the nearest souvenir shop to buy headphones for the commute back home.
In the last few days I’ve seen postings of military related statements and pictures concerning Memorial day, and people’s displeasure on what is or is not the correct manner in which to celebrate or observe, ” Memorial day a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It began as Decoration day following the Civil war, the living would honor the dead by decorating their graves.”
Yes, Over time the retail stores have capitalized on Memorial day, this day of remembrance and honor as a way to boost sales. For some it is the start of grilling season, or beach season. During this time New York City celebrates Fleet Week, to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Its is customary for some to mark Memorial day by visiting graveyards and war monuments or march in parades.
Yes, we should pay our respects and remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. I encourage people to join in on some of the patriotic celebrations taking place in every state. Rise the American flag that symbolize the resolve to continue the fight for our freedom. Spend time with family and friends eating those delicious hot dog, hamburgers and that special BBQ chicken recipe. Laugh, reminisce and enjoy the beautiful weather.
After all this is what the men and women who are still holding the line and fighting for us to be able to live in freedom and to enjoy life. All I say is ” Remember the meaning of this Day.”