This isn't one of those warm fuzzy Memorial Day posts. There are many on other blogs. If that's what you're looking for, stop reading now.
Otherwise, this is what Joe has told me about Memorial Day in Iraq and his view as a deployed Soldier.
"If the general population wanted to honor us for real, they'd save $5 out of their BBQs & donate it to the USO or MWR."
"Memorial Day isn't for us, its for everyone else to take a day off work and use us as the excuse. Monday will be business as usual here."
His comment from FB: "I'm sick of hearing all this junk about supporting our troops, especially on Memorial Day. If you truly want to support the troops donate to the USO, MWR, or VFW. They do a lot more for the troops than people taking a day off work and eating BBQ in our honor."
And what did the guys do to "celebrate" Memorial Day? They had team based PT stuff, like pushing a hummv 3 miles. Joe said he was thankful he was asleep (he's on a night shift).
So while you have a 3 day weekend and repost warm, fuzzy Memorial Day wishes on Facebook and Twitter and say you are supporting the troops, think about what these men and women are going through and think about what you AREN'T doing to support the troops.
YES YES YES, we should all be remembering all of the servicemen and women that have come before us and thinking about the currently deployed ones and the ones getting orders to go soon. But placating on Facebook and Twitter is not the way to do it. So this post is an awful reminder that a yellow magnet on your car doesn't do anything for our troops. Think bigger.