I remember Memorial Day more as a kid. We have sadly lost, I think, some of the great tradition of this day. When I was a kid we ALL went to the cemetary and decorated the graves. There were more flags than flowers in those days.
My grandfather was killed in WWII. His passion was writing and as a reporter for the AP he was compiling notes for a book he planned to write about the war when he returned home. We always pull those notes and journals and read from them. He was a communications sargeant and had access to a typewriter, even in the field. We have reams of paper from his war experience. These have always been a part of my Memorial Day tradition and will be so again this year.
I had a burning desire to finish his book. But I don't know if I could do it justice.
I think as the years are going along most holidays our losing the importance they should have with the general populace. The younger kids dont seem to have that sense of history & importance. Its just another day.
It's just a day off to most now. When I was growing up, my Grandfather used to take us all up to the VFW to visit with the rest and watch the 21 gun salute. I have to say that these days I really don't do much to observe the holiday outside of trying to watch most of my combat movies. I'm watching The Longest Day right now, which due to length usually only gets watched this time of year.
I used to think Red Dawn was a cool movie. Then I watched it again not too long ago and it seems so hoaky now. I enjoy Tora Tora Tora, Midway and, of course, The Longest Day. I also watch my traditional 4th of July movies on a weekend like this one, too -- 1776, for example.