Memorial Day Meaning

Meaningful Memorial Day Insights

Last Updated on May 27, 2024 by Avia

Thoughts about Remembrance and Memorial Day

What’s a memorial? Or what is Memorial Day all about, for that matter? You’re smart peeps. You already know a memorial is generally some sort of marker erected as a reminder of something or someone that was a very big deal. It represents the inexpressible because the emotion, heroism, devotion, and/or impact prompted by the event or human was so powerful.

“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.”
– Mary Roach

If you’re living in the US, you know Memorial Day is coming. Typically, Americans have the day off work. If the weather is good (and we aren’t housebound), it’s also a time for gathering, grilling, fireworks…just a day for a good-shin-diggy-hoedown fun.

Memorial Day Meaning
Memorial Day Meaning

I find this irksome.

In fact, I’m a bit of a curmudgeon about all holidays. Why? Because whoever or whatever was assigned a special day likely had an epic impact upon human history. So I get twitchy when only one day is reserved…and often that one day is focused on trinkets destined for dumpsters, or stuffing faces with freakishly large quantities of food. I don’t mean to come off as a Debbie Downer here.

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Go ahead.. Bust out the Twinkies! Launch the spud guns! Blow up flamingo floaties and amble about in the cement pond. It’s great to celebrate Memorial Day (or any other holiday). 9 times out of 10, it is because of the people and events honored on these days that we are able to enjoy a day off in the first place!

I’m just wondering if sometimes the focus of these special days is misplaced.

You know, there is another part of the definition of memorial. A memorial is also an expression, service, or ritual that is conducted with deep devotion for souls who sacrificed – made a difference – changed the lives of others. 

Observing Memorial Day

I know you, fine folks. So I know you all take the time to honor and be grateful for the extraordinary mac-daddy’s and mac-mamma’s who have changed our world through their lives and actions. 

Many of you, like me, recognize these phenomenal souls with your own personal memorials.

If not, that’s understandable. Life gets nuts. But consider lighting a devotional candle every night, or once a week and simply give thanks to those who have shifted our lives in profound ways.

Just thinkin’!

symbols for memorial and memory
Symbols for memorial and memory

If you’d like more ideas about this topic, I have a whole passel of insights and symbols that explore memory, memorial, and remembrance.
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All that said, I am wishing you all the best this Memorial Day, and every day.

Mighty brightly,

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We don’t need a designated day to recognize memorial symbols. We can recognize our heroes and epic historical events that have sculpted our lives and culture without getting a day off work for a bar-b-q. This post focuses on symbolic aspects of honor and devotion to people, places and events that deserve our focus. Get more about symbols for memorial here. (WYS) is a trusted Etsy affiliate & Amazon Associate. We also promote certain products we've tested and approved. As such, the website features sponsored products for Amazon or Etsy or other afiliates. Should you make a purchase from a link on this website, WYS may receive a small commission. This website also hosts advertisements. Please see our policy page for further information. Thank you for your purchases, as it contributes to keeping this website online and running.