What does Memorial Day mean to you?
I went to Facebook to see what the masses were all excited about, and the reactions ranged from accolades to veterans and servicemen and women, living and dead, to ‘OMG I finally get to wear white!!!’ (that vapid bitch was deleted before I could finish counting the exclamation points on her stupid retort). Regardless, here’s a little true history lesson:
Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. Service Members who died while in the military service. First enacted by the an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War – it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars. Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not.
I know a lot of you probably think that we here at Evil Beet don’t give a crap about things other than celebrities and their bank accounts and who they’re fucking at the moment, but I can speak for all of us when we say that we take any opportunity to actually honor people of valor very seriously.
So Happy Memorial Day, and take a moment of silence to remember the fallen men and women who did their part – no matter how small or large – to afford you the opportunity to wear white until September. And for any of you anti-American I-hate-The-Man-and-his-minion bastards who want to thumb their nose at Memorial Day because you don’t really understand anyway, well. There’s a special place in my barbecue pit just for you next to the roast pig gagged with an apple.
Have a happy!