Over this Memorial Weekend, it seemed all of social media payed their respect to all those who sacrificed their lives in defending our country by posting, tweeting, and snapping about how grateful we are for those who served. The holiday is important to many for, over the centuries, many Americans have lost their lives and have lost loved ones in defense of our freedom and liberties.
Although this weekend it was pointed out how this holiday off from school and work is being used as a time for mindlessly partying, getting drunk, and have a fun time. People are ignoring the actual purpose and meaning of this honorable holiday. Some on social media were upset about how Memorial Day is marketed to sell alcohol, bonfire and party materials, even sell furniture and cars with Memorial Day sales, and to announce the “start of summer.” It’s completely understandable that this holiday is being used as a national party day and causes some disappointment to many.
And remarkably, it was also pointed out how the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo, is “celebrated” by hundreds and thousands of Americans who can not tell you the meaning of the holiday. Cinco de Mayo is similarly alike to Memorial Day, where this day is to celebrate the Battle of Puebla which was an unlikely victory and triumph against the French. It’s often confused with Mexican Independence Day even by people who celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Here, in the U.S., it looks like Cinco de Mayo is almost celebrated by everyone but Mexicans, so as Americans have adopted this holiday they have also turned it into a day to wear fake mustaches and sombreros then go out to bars and partying like there is no tomorrow. There is no real celebrating of the history of Cinco de Mayo, but that doesn’t seem to upset many, unlike how people are upset about how Memorial Day is being milked.