Originally Posted by Hitmen77
I'm sure you know this, but before 1971, Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30 no matter what day of the week it fell on.
We're all responsible for how we observe this day but the comment above shows the concern the United States Congress had in observance of this day. Rather than leave this as a dedicated day that had special meaning it was shuffled to the last Monday in May so that it would be part of a 3 day weekend. Three day weekends are prone to family and friends getting together and enjoying one another's company. We all plan cookouts and some sort of recreation be it watching a ballgame or doing some group activity. Whether you went to the cemetery in the morning and planted a flag on a grave, watched a ceremony on the morning news or just said a silent thank you prayer most of us went on about our business and had a celebration with those we care about who are still with us. The Sox did their part with the pre game dedication and then allowed everyone to cheer and boo as the game was played. It's not like they planned the pre game in response to what some thought was an inappropriate tweet. We're all appreciative of the fact that we have the freedom to do this and we're grateful to those who lost their lives in defending this freedom but we're just as grateful to those who came back to spend the rest of their lives with us.