And that's precisely what's wrong with Memorial Day: in the eyes of many, it's just another three-day weekend - albeit one that kicks off the start of summer. Don't forget the big Memorial Day "sales" at the mall!
That's all there is to it?
Memorial Day was, for many years, observed on May 30, which made it a truly special day. A growing number of people are coming to the conclusion that the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 was a mistake. That Act set official observances of a number of holidays, including Memorial Day, on a Monday - in effect, creating extended weekends. That's all well and good for Presidents Day, but it demeans the entire purpose of a Memorial Day
Some holidays simply shouldn't be tampered with, and are deserving of recognition on their own. Just as Veterans Day is November 11 and Thanksgiving Day is the fourth Thursday of that same month, so Memorial day should properly be returned to its May 30 observance. It shouldn't be "hurry on into Mattress Planet" day.