Today is one of the few and extraordinarily precious holidays that we here in the US celebrate, one of only … eight (? it varies each year slightly) days where many of us can be found not at work yet still getting paid. Of course many of us have to work even on holidays. So it goes in our Puritan-influenced, hard-work-is-good-for-you culture.
This particular holiday is called Memorial Day and was first celebrated as a way to honor the Union dead from the US Civil War. Since then it has grown to encompass all of the US fallen warriors, each of whom made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of liberty.
Those of you outside of the US may not see it exactly that way, but hey, this is our holiday and we get to do with it as we like.
So … for those of you in the US, remember that today is not about barbecues and summer (although that is how we often celebrate it). Today is a reminder that freedom isn’t free.
For everyone else, happy Monday!
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