In my view, Memorial Day ceased to exist some years back. Now the focus is only on the "Memorial Day Weekend," which means different things to different people.
To Hollywood, it's the weekend of the fourth Indiana Jones sequel.
To chain stores, it's a weekend selling barbeque grills, picnic tables and lawn dart sets.
To school kids, it's the last 3-day weekend during the school year. The Fourth of July weekend, coming during the summer break, doesn't count.
To the automobile industry, it's a 3-day blow-out sale of all the new models they've been having trouble moving off the lot since January.
To the news media, it's a 3-day vamp, re-treading old stories and controversies, until---Thank God!---Tuesday rolls around again.
And, of course, to countries outside the United States, it's just another 2-day weekend, followed by another Monday.
However, before it was merely embedded in a 3-day sale-a-thon, Memorial Day itself was a day when the nation reflected on those who died in various wars, here and abroad. Regardless of one's position on the various wars we've been involved in, I think it's still a good idea to remember the sacrifice of those who've served.
Not a highly original or controversial position, I know. But there it is.