Taken outside a Portland, Ore. Burgerville restaurant around 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon. I just came back from hiking. I decided against saying something to the manager, though I probably should have, because it was just too funny.
Yes, yesterday was Memorial Day, unless of course you thought it was Veterans Day (which is celebrated in November). The thing that gets me is that not only did someone put that sign up, but they didn’t consult anyone else, they didn’t know it was Memorial Day or didn’t think there was a difference between the two holidays. It’s not like Memorial Day is Flag Day, either. It’s one of the major civic holidays in the U.S.
Could it have been a prank by one of the high school kids working there? God, I hope so, cause otherwise this is just a sad pathetic reminder that we’re not getting the job done in this country.
Here are some Memorial Day facts for those Burgerville employees who don’t know the difference between their holidays.
Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which some 620,000 soldiers on both sides died. The loss of life and its effect on communities throughout the North and South led to spontaneous commemorations of the dead:
? In 1864, women from Boalsburg, Pa., put flowers on the graves of their dead from the just-fought Battle of Gettysburg. The next year, a group of women decorated the graves of soldiers buried in a Vicksburg, Miss., cemetery.
? In April 1866, women from Columbus, Miss., laid flowers on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers. It was recognized at the time as an act of healing sectional wounds. In the same month, up in Carbondale, Ill., 219 Civil War veterans marched through town in memory of the fallen to Woodlawn Cemetery, where Union hero Maj. Gen. John A. Logan delivered the principal address. The ceremony gave Carbondale its claim to the first organized, community-wide Memorial Day observance.
? Waterloo, N.Y., began holding an annual community service on May 5, 1866. Although many towns claimed the title, it was Waterloo that won congressional recognition as the ?birthplace of Memorial Day.?