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I could just take this as a day off work and make it a Saturday-on-a-Monday. That's probably the most errant approach.
I could visit a cemetery and honor all dead, no matter their vocation or their manner of death. That's not such a bad way to spend the day. That's a great way to hold people in our memories, but it doesn't speak to the heart of the holiday.
I could honor living soldiers / veterans. That's a lot closer to the purpose of the holiday, and I will probably call my veteran father today (retired navy, active duty stationed in Japan when I was born states side).
However, if I honored those who died while serving in the armed forces by decorating his or her grave, then I am in complete harmony with the purpose of this holiday.
As a retired English teacher, I find poetry a great invitation to meditate about a particular topic. Here are three poems focused on Memorial Day.