I'm as guilty as everyone else. At some point in the past, I thought Memorial Day was about saluting our military, grilling for my family and generally the kickoff of summer.
Some of that is true, however the New York Post breaks it down for us:
Memorial Day is a holiday to remember the service men and women who gave their lives for our country. It may be hard to believe, but according to a new survey, most Americans actually don't know that.
An online poll conducted by the University of Phoenix found that only 43% of Americans know the true meaning of Memorial Day.
28% thought Memorial Day was a day to honor all military veterans and didn't know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Also, only 46% knew that Memorial Day always falls on the last Monday on May, and 21% thought the holiday falls on the last Sunday in May.
Some bright spots from the survey ... 78% say because their plans are different this year, they have an opportunity to be more reflective about the true meaning of the holiday. 87% of respondents said we should be doing more to honor both living veterans and those who died in service to the country. (NY Post)