What is the proper greeting for Memorial Day?

Many people say “Happy Memorial Day” and perhaps they’re the ones who see this as the day swimming pools open, the time for good retail sales bargains, and just a day off from work to BBQ and perhaps go to a baseball game.

But the proper greeting and salutation for this day is “Honor Memorial Day” for it is a day of honor, distinct and memorable. Memorial Day should be the day in America when we stop, pause and take 24 hours to ponder the service, sacrifice and commitment to those who enable us to have BBQ, baseball and swimming pools. They were the ones who said, “Here I am, send me.” They did not question. They did not hesitate. They saw they were needed, and they were there.

It was not always easy — and certainly was not fair — but when freedom called, they answered, “We are there.” All indeed gave some, but some gave all, from the bridge at Concord to the cities of Fallujah and Al Najaf to the mountain passes of Afghanistan, and all climes and places in between — they were there.

Memorial Day is when we go out and find a National Cemetery, take our kids and grandkids, and tell the story that must never be forgotten. Because for those of us who stood with these heroes, we remain to ensure their bravery and sacrifice is never forgotten. That is our mission.

So I hope over this weekend and most definitely today, you will greet people saying, “Honor Memorial Day” to inspire them to remember — and never forget.

And I shall close with the simple words of a true American president, with words that poignantly capture the essence of Memorial Day.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.

We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

– The Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln, Thursday, November 19, 1863


  1. I always felt that saying “Happy Memorial Day” didn’t feel right. It’s really not something to celebrate but more of a somber and thoughtful day. A day to remember the cost of our freedom and those that sacrificed for us.

    • I tell people, “Remember.” That’s all. If they ask, I remind them that it is Memorial Day. If they don’t ask, they are either already doing it, or they don’t care.

  2. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SEVICE … Father and Father in law both in WWII … Husband in VN … Friends (Robert & son Michael) both in the current actions. GOD BLESS EACH VET … IT IS YOUR SACFRICE THAT PAID FOR OUR FREEDOM !!!! THANKS

  3. To “Our Men and Women” who have served since the beginning of time, to protect “Us and “Our Great Country”:

    Although it will never be enough, I Thank You from the bottom of my Heart for Your Service. May God watch over you and protect you.

  4. From Maxine- a “Great” one again:

    Hats off to our troops


    One of Maxine’s very best!!


    We need to show more sympathy for these people.
    They travel miles in the heat.
    They risk their lives crossing a border.
    They don’t get paid enough wages.
    They do jobs that others won’t do or are afraid to do.
    They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a
    different language.
    They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day ~ every day.
    I’m not talking about illegal Mexicans
    I’m talking about our troops! Doesn’t it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegal’s, but don’t support our troops?

    Wouldn’t it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that’s billion)
    we spend on illegal’s every year, and spent it on our troops!!!

    Please pass this on; this is worth the short time it takes!

    A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their life.

    And gave me the right to send this to anyone that I darn well please!!!

  5. Thank You LTC WEST for your service and continued service to our beloved country.
    In office or not you still speak, still fight the good fight.
    That Sir is much appreciated by many of us.

  6. Sounds like Veterans Day and Memorial Day should fall on the same day. The way it was we remembered those who died serving our country. Now it has gotten to the point of any military person is memory.

    • When I see someone has confused the 2 holidays, I politely clarify what the 2 stand for. Many people, sadly, confuse Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day.

  7. Thank you, LTCOL West for this important article clarifying Memorial Day. Some of us do not live near National Cemeteries but the intent to honor is still there.

  8. Honor Memorial Day, American Patriots!

    Remember the Fallen

    keep fighting for those who have served, and who are currently being dismissed, devalued, put down, or IGNORED by this Obama Regime

    Fort Hood Victims Families
    Deceased Veterans due to CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE at the VA Hospitals
    Combat Veterans currently compelled to continue under dangerous ROE

    and especially

    Ambassador Chris Stevens
    Sean Smith
    Glen Doherty
    Tyrone Woods

    • Wow. To turn a day of national remembrance for the veterans who have served and died for out country into a political attack is extremely pathetic on your part.

      • Sir, the political attack has been from the incompetent narcissist that occupies the White House; a man who never served, may not even be a citizen, yet without compunction he sends our bravest and best to battlefields around the world without a moment’s thought of their lives and their families.

  9. My greeting is: Remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day. To all the veterans reading my post, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, heartily welcome you back home and wish you God’s most wonderful blessings.


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