The celebration of Memorial Day has changed from the holiday our parents experienced when they were young, which was on May 30th. In those days it was celebrated over a 3-day weekend only when it fell on a Friday or a Monday. It was a day for some families to visit the cemetery and pay their respects. For others, my senior advisors recall, it was a major family-get-together day that brings back many fond memories.
“In those days I would be so busy I wouldn’t even have time to talk to you on the telephone,” said R, age 98 and one of our senior advisors. “We would have around 35 for a barbecue–children, cousins–I miss it…very much. Today is a different generation. We used to live close–a hop, skip, and a jump away. But now family is more spread out….and a lot of people are lazier. They don’t want to do the extra work; they prefer to be a guest.”
Whether a worker or a guest, enjoy the holiday weekend. Tuesday I’m hoping to have important information for widows of men who worked hard to make the world a safer, better place–widows of World War II veterans.