When did a Pop Star earn the right to be respected, upon death, so much more than a War Veteran? Not that the men and women that die for their country are looking for a multi-million dollar concert as a funeral; such as the one put on in honor of Michael Jackson in 2009. Granted, Mr. Jackson is one man, and there are thousands upon thousands of Service men and women. It is obvious to see how it would be easier to recognize one individual upon death, compared to hundreds all at once.
Some might argue that Memorial Day is the ultimate homage to our service members. Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after the first World War to include American casualties of any war or military action ("Wikipedia", Memorial Day). In this way, we do pay our respects to our fallen heroes.
Though most states do not recognize it, there is a “Confederate Memorial Day.” Known also as Confederate Decoration Day (Tennessee) and Confederate Heroes Day (Texas), it is an official observance day in parts of the U.S. South as a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. The only states that officially observe Confederate Memorial Day are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas (“wikipedia”, Confederate Day); nonetheless, it is an observed memorial day for past fallen soldiers; whether they deserve it or the rest of the country accepts it is another issue.
Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That's not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America's war dead. Veterans Day, on the...