Thanks for adding ancestors. It makes me more and more uncomfortable not taking Memorial Day seriously. Trying not to be pompous on the topic but everywhere, for sale are flag themed paper plates, napkins, sparklers, heck, flip flops and I saw light-up sunglasses. 4th of July isn't Memorial Day, wish we'd stop getting wires crossed. Memorial Day discounts on new cars? How does that remember our somber tolls? Do companies give their profits from those sales to the widows and orphans of our war dead? Fork out for wreaths at The Vietnam Memorial, National Cemeteries anywhere, Pearl Harbor, Flanders?
It's all as personal to this country as our ancestors are to us and were to their mothers, fathers, siblings, wives and children. Time to get back to them.