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Hawkmoon

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Why does this article express surprise?
« on: May 22, 2020, 12:36:59 AM »

Article makes a big deal out of reporting that only 43 percent of Americans know what Memorial Day commemorates.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/867024/memorial-day-2020-americans-true-meaning-survey/

To be honest, I'm surprised it's that high. I go on a rant every year because all over the Internet on and around Memorial Day I see all kinds of posts thanking veterans and current active duty for their service, when Memorial Day isn't for them. Technically, it's also not for deceased veterans. It's a day to remember those who died in service to the country, and I very much disapprove of allowing that to be watered down to meaninglessness by using it as an opportunity to thank other classes of servicemen (and women), who have their own days at other times of the year.

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Re: Why does this article express surprise?
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 02:01:11 AM »

Article makes a big deal out of reporting that only 43 percent of Americans know what Memorial Day commemorates.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/867024/memorial-day-2020-americans-true-meaning-survey/

To be honest, I'm surprised it's that high. I go on a rant every year because all over the Internet on and around Memorial Day I see all kinds of posts thanking veterans and current active duty for their service, when Memorial Day isn't for them. Technically, it's also not for deceased veterans. It's a day to remember those who died in service to the country, and I very much disapprove of allowing that to be watered down to meaninglessness by using it as an opportunity to thank other classes of servicemen (and women), who have their own days at other times of the year.

IMHO, it's the one day out of the year that it's not appropriate to thank vets (or active duty for that matter) for their service.
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Re: Why does this article express surprise?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2020, 04:33:58 AM »

I usually get calls from my mom saying she was thinking of me.  ;/
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Re: Why does this article express surprise?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2020, 06:03:40 AM »

Reminder:

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On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon.[73] It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.[74]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day
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Re: Why does this article express surprise?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2020, 05:24:56 PM »

In a Primary Arms e-mail received earlier today
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In recognition of Memorial Day, Primary Arms would like to thank all veterans and active duty military, who risk great sacrifice in the protection of our nation.

Just got this from Primary Arms
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Earlier today we sent out an email with a horrible mistake.  We used an inappropriate banner and Veterans Day language for the somber occasion of Memorial Day. We understand this is a day of remembrance and have a deep appreciation for the men and women who gave their lives protecting freedom. Please accept our sincere apology.
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Re: Why does this article express surprise?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2020, 06:01:29 PM »

In a Primary Arms e-mail received earlier today
Just got this from Primary Arms

Good on them.

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Re: Why does this article express surprise?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2020, 06:04:45 PM »

And a little something from Vox on Memorial Day

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    “We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce [war], to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters,” writes @dylanmatt. https://t.co/GLKLOOcuO5

    — Vox (@voxdotcom) May 25, 2020

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Re: Why does this article express surprise?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2020, 07:34:40 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqqy6ZyWYjc
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Re: Why does this article express surprise?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2020, 08:32:47 PM »

I'd seen the title but hadn't watched it yet, would have been appropriate for yesterday.

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