Ever since the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968, most national holidays have come on a Monday to allow for a 3-day weekend. While no one would state it so bluntly, the act allowed more time to indulge the foremost American cultural tradition of shopping rather than engaging in solemn reflection on the meaning of Memorial Day or Martine Luther King Day.
Some citizens, however, are petitioning to have Memorial Day shifted back to its original day of May 30. The holiday has begun to mark the beginning of the summer season to most people rather than a day given to honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Furthermore, they’re proposing that all institutions that have them ring their bell for one minute on that day in recognition of those who died.
What do you think? Have we lost the meaning of this holiday in our rush to celebrate summer? Should we move the holiday back to its original dates instead of celebrating only on Mondays? Share you opinion about Memorial Day or your own summer plans in the comments box.