To Many Americans, Memorial Day Has Lost Its Meaning

ANNVILLE, Pa. (AP) – While millions of Americans celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer, some veterans and loved ones of fallen military members wish the holiday would command more respect.

Veterans groups say a growing military-civilian disconnect contributes to a feeling that Memorial Day has been overshadowed.

More than 12 percent of the U.S. population served in the armed forces during World War II. That’s down to less than one-half of a percent today, guaranteeing more Americans aren’t personally acquainted with a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine.

Allison Jaslow is a former Army captain and Iraq War veteran. She says the country’s “lost sight of what the day’s supposed to mean.”

Her group, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, is encouraging Americans to pause for a moment of silence at 3 p.m. Monday.

 

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  1. Memorial Day has been turned into a big sale day like most holidays in this country. I will never buy a thing on sale on this day. And with the number of people enlisting in the military is because of a few things. The kids have gotten this entitled attitude of everybody should get a medal for just being there. And since Vietnam all the wars have been for corporate benefit and profit.

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