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  •  Thanks nt (3+ / 0-)

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Mon May 27, 2013 at 05:25:43 PM PDT

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    •  And upon consideration my confusion (2+ / 0-)

      makes some sense.  Remembrance Day (in Canada and other Commonwealth countries) does emphasize those who died, particularly in the first world war.  As Veterans Day is the same exact date (Nov. 11) I assumed the holidays were similar and thus Memorial Day seemed superfluous.  It makes much more sense now.

      "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

      by matching mole on Mon May 27, 2013 at 06:35:42 PM PDT

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      •  It's a reasonably subtle distinction, really. (2+ / 0-)
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        Monsieur Georges, matching mole

        And I doubt many Americans could tell you what the difference is supposed to be. The two holidays come from pretty different origins but have sort of converged, because the US is not really capable of having a three-day summer weekend that is about loss. We are just too damned cheerful when it is a three-day summer weekend, and so the original idea of grave decoration and remembrance of the lost has had to give way to a peppy sort of red-white-and-blue "thanks for your service!" theme that is more of a lead-in to Fourth of July. I think they should probably go back to having actual Memorial Day on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, and they can call this holiday weekend something else. Beach Day! Cookout Day! Baseball Day!

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