A barrage of teevee adds announcing TheMemorialDaySalesEvent! has stirred some anger in me, along with some coming-of-age memories.
Nothing says Lets Honor Our Fallen Dead like a good ole American show of capitalism at its finest. A car sale!, furniture sale!, all appliances and lawn furniture 10% off!-- the antithesis of what Memorial Day should be.
Memorial Day, that kick-off inaugural picnic that celebrates Summer in America, a time when we plant our tomatoes and cut down on weed growth by putting down mulch, and ensure lush, green, weedless yards by applying chemical products designed for that purpose--because who doesn't love a perfect, weed-free lawn?-- and then rev up our grills to sear us some meat.
We Americans are the Best in the World!, [everybody knows it! USA!USA!USA!], so it only makes sense to turn a Memorial Day into a day that celebrates.....lawns.and picnics. and nascar. Doesn't it?