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Letter: Many have forgotten meaning of holidays

Many have forgotten meaning of holidays

Maybe it is time to change the name of Memorial Day to “the Beginning of the Summer Season Day.” While we are at it, we should also change Independence Day to “Firecracker and Hot Dog Day.” These names would be much more appropriate than what we now have.

Given that the many of our citizens and elected officials do not even know why we have Memorial Day or what its significance is, why should we honor the sacrifices of those who fought and died?

We continue to elect people who have gone above and beyond to strip away the freedoms these people fought for: drug laws, Patriot Act, illegal aliens, SAFE Act, the nonstop onslaught on our First Amendment and Obamacare, a tax that requires us all to buy insurance.

Let’s face it, we are no longer the land of the free and we surely are not the home of the brave. Just how big a coward does one have to be when one won’t even vote?

So let’s stop this charade. Most Americans today could not name three of our Founding Fathers. But on the Fourth of July and Memorial Day, they could name three kinds of beer. I do not even want to go into the joke of what Labor Day has become. Has anyone heard of free trade?

Harvey Schwartzmeyer

North Collins