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    Is it acceptable to BBQ on Memorial Day?

    Memorial Day is to honor our fallen soldiers. And we should do that, absolutely. But, is it acceptable to BBQ on Memorial Day, or should we spend the day in deep thought and solemn remembrance?
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    Re: Is it acceptable to BBQ on Memorial Day?

    In our town the VFW, along with other military groups like the Ladies of the Auxilliary, throw flowers off one of our bridges into the river.

    Then we have a Dedication in our park which has a Memorial to all of our Foreign Wars.

    Afterwards, right across the street, our VFW has a BBQ--I will certainly participate in this BBQ put on by our VFW .
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    Re: Is it acceptable to BBQ on Memorial Day?

    I don't think the two are mutually exclusive
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    Re: Is it acceptable to BBQ on Memorial Day?

    I think it is okay.

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    Re: Is it acceptable to BBQ on Memorial Day?

    Quote Originally Posted by EMNofSeattle View Post
    I don't think the two are mutually exclusive
    I don't either, but some people (here at DP and elsewhere) are acting like it is. Hence, the question.
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    Re: Is it acceptable to BBQ on Memorial Day?

    I would have preferred an "other" option, as I don't agree with either. I think people have gotten Veterans' Day (honoring living soldiers) and Memorial Day (honoring dead soldiers) confused.

    I don't agree with all the BBQing and stuff going on, because you are actually celebrating the deaths of tens of thousands of soldiers who died for this country. I actually heard a waitress behind me at dinner tonight say, "Happy Holidays!"

    However, I don't think we should sit around in quiet reflection, either. Maybe have rememberance ceremonies where the towns honor the soldiers who they've lost. Something like that. I just don't agree with the fact that it's a holiday to celebrate, with BBQ and going to the beach.

    That's just me, though. Seeing people loaded with racks of ribs, and watermelon and fresh corn, and the lines halfway to the back of the grocery store today, I'm certain that I am in the minority.
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    Re: Is it acceptable to BBQ on Memorial Day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    I would have preferred an "other" option, as I don't agree with either. I think people have gotten Veterans' Day (honoring living soldiers) and Memorial Day (honoring dead soldiers) confused.

    I don't agree with all the BBQing and stuff going on, because you are actually celebrating the deaths of tens of thousands of soldiers who died for this country. I actually heard a waitress behind me at dinner tonight say, "Happy Holidays!"

    However, I don't think we should sit around in quiet reflection, either. Maybe have rememberance ceremonies where the towns honor the soldiers who they've lost. Something like that. I just don't agree with the fact that it's a holiday to celebrate, with BBQ and going to the beach.

    That's just me, though. Seeing people loaded with racks of ribs, and watermelon and fresh corn, and the lines halfway to the back of the grocery store today, I'm certain that I am in the minority.
    I purposely didn't include a third, or 'other', option because it's really a "Is BBQing acceptable on Memorial Day, yes or no?" question. It is either acceptable, or it is not. I don't see a middle ground.

    Being acceptable does not mean that all who partake are understanding the significance of the day, of course. But neither does it mean that they don't.
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    Re: Is it acceptable to BBQ on Memorial Day?

    Good Question.

    I get the sense from my fellow veterans on Memorial Day from their facebook posts, etc that because people are out BBQing it up in the neighborhood that it means they aren't appreciative of the sacrifices made for our country by the fallen.....
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    And that only we, the veterans, understand the real meaning of Memorial Day.


    And to these veterans I say.... You are wrong.



    In fact.... I get kind of annoyed when any veterans goes off on some ignorant rant as if to lecture a civilian who hasn't served from some position of sage wisdom about this sort of thing... it just bugs the crap out of me.

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    Re: Is it acceptable to BBQ on Memorial Day?

    I'm getting to a point in my life where I'm down to BBQ on just about any day where I don't have to work.
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    Re: Is it acceptable to BBQ on Memorial Day?

    I don't have a problem with it. The ability to enjoy one's self with the freedoms that the sacrifices were made seems an appropriate way to honor them.
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