There was an article in the newspaper today about how Memorial Day is losing its significance for Americans, even as we fight two wars. It also mentioned, in passing, a cultural dislike of formal rituals and observances right now.
For myself, I don’t go to any local observances, particularly in the cemeteries, because I live away from where my people are buried, and I feel awkward attending a ceremony for people I do not know. I tend to think that ceremonies for the dead are best confined to those who knew them. What do you think about Memorial Day? Has it become just another shopping/picnic holiday, or does it retain its meaning? Tell me in the comments.