Memorial Day 2021

Raise the flag. Say a word of thanks.

Memorial Day tends to arrive just as warmer weather becomes more of a constant rather than a variable. As we approach Summer, we take a moment during the Memorial Day weekend to think of parents, grandparents, sons and daughters, co-workers, relatives and friends who have served our nation with their strengths, talents, and courage – and for many, their lives. Let’s raise our nation’s flag and honor these soldiers with a moment of silence.

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, France

Before the name “Memorial Day” came into common usage in the 20th century, it had – in the wake of the Civil War – been referred to as Decoration Day. That name relates to an ancient tradition of placing flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers. President Benjamin Harrison (1833 – 1901), gave some thought to its meaning when he wrote:

“I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it.”[1]

Inside the Normandy American Cemetery Chapel, France

That’s what makes Memorial Day such an unusual, personal experience. The fact that we can forget our cares for three days, enjoying family and friends, comes from the precious gift the fallen have given us. There is no guilt at all in enjoying it, sparing a moment perhaps to consider those whose sacrifice made possible the many things we hold dear.

May we unite as a nation to fully appreciate the cost of our freedom and safety, and may we never take for granted the peace and joy it provides.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Memorial Day, from your friends at Tent OX.

[1] Khurana, Simran. “American Presidents Speak on Memorial Day.” ThoughtCo, Feb. 16, 2021,