Wassup Wit Dat!

True Meaning

May 26th, 2015

As time evolves, things are/get diluted - there's really no way around dat.

Things once overly sensitive have become desensitized, things hardly spoken are now used as punch lines and things dat are normally not asked for are now taken advantage of.

Yesterday was Memorial Day. Yes, M-E-M-O-R-I-A-L Day. Just da word alone would make you tink about it. We all memorialize our lost ones, our beloved ones and even those dat we've witness pass but do you truly know wat Memorial Day is for?

I've always thought it was for our military veterans who gave their ultimate sacrifice and paid with their lives. They fought and died so dat we all can live bettah lives and breathe - and take advantage of - freedom.

Wen has dis 'holiday' been turning - turned into - memorializing ANYONE who has passed?

Wassup Wit Dat!

You not only dishonor our military but now you make it about YOU. It's not about YOU, it's about THEM. Those who lay beneath da very soil we walk on top of and those who have nevah made it home still lying in foreign soil nevah to be found. Those who are forevah trapped just a yardstick away from da surface of da watahs in Pearl Harbor.

No get me wrong, dis is a holiday we all enjoy cause it's a day off but don't turn it into 'memorializing' your passed (if they are not military) as it just isn't pono - there are 350+ some odd days to do dat. We all enjoy da time off with a beach bbq or spending time with ohana but please don't dilute dis holiday even though you may not be personally connected to any military person(s). Our servicemen and women deserve more than dat since they are on duty 24/7/365.

I not saying you no can visit grave but there's a difference when you make da day about you vs paying tribute to our fallen military. Just to be clear, I do not have any ohana dat I know of dat has served or know of any military personnel personally. I just feel they deserve a little more respect especially on Memorial Day.

Click hea for an article written by Historian Walter R. Borneman on Fox News which sheds a light about Memorial Day.

RIP and God Speed.








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11 Responses to “True Meaning”

  1. Lowtone123:

    Then the lantern floating ceremony off Ala Moana Beach Park, which brings thousands of people is the biggest culprit of all.


  2. M:

    Howzit BL!

    You are absolutely right!


  3. (Jesse)James:

    Agreed....


  4. Kage:

    Agreed.


  5. pnutgrrl808:

    "You not only dishonor our military but now you make it about YOU."

    My mother was in the Army. I have family and friends in the military. Most of them don't object to people memorializing anyone who's moved from this life into the next. Most of them realize that one person's choice to honoring the memory of a civilian doesn't take away one whit from anyone else honoring the memory of those who have served. Because what are we doing when we choose to remember those who have gone? We are LOVING them. And I firmly believe that love is not a zero sum thing. In other words, my choosing to love one person, and honor their memory on Memorial Day, whether that person served in the military or not, does not take away love from anyone else.

    If your argument is that you are disgusted by people (sounds like a particular person, actually) who make a big deal about having to memorialize someone who passed away (military or not) because they're the kind of person who always makes things about themselves, then that's a different complaint all together. That's a complaint about narcissism, which is never pono.

    Honoring someone who is missed - and expressing love for them - is always pono. And I hope you agree that doing so never takes away from anyone else's acts of love. Aloha comes from an endless reservoir.


  6. Cojef:

    True, Memorial Day was established to honor the military servicemen that gave up their lives in time in World War I. However, as time evolved it has changed and includes all veterans that have passed away. This can be observed at the veterans memorial cemetaries across the nation were flags are posted at each grave marker. Fast forward, it has slowly evolved to included our dear departed family members. Solace, Vetrans Day is still only for the memoralizing of the cessation of World War and thus strictly for the U.S. military. Social mores is never static, it has the propensity to change and evolve for good or bad.


  7. Robin:

    Well stated,
    pnuttgrrl808 and Cojef.


  8. Braddah Lance:

    Lowtone123:
    Then the lantern floating ceremony off Ala Moana Beach Park, which brings thousands of people is the biggest culprit of all.

    In a nutshell, yeah. Why not have it on Sunday or Saturday or the before or the week after? Why ON Memorial Day itself if it's for 'everyone'?
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    pnutgrrl808:

    Au'rite! Mahalos for your insightful comment. 😀

    In other words, my choosing to love one person, and honor their memory on Memorial Day, whether that person served in the military or not, does not take away love from anyone else.

    First, Mahalo for your mother's service. And Hooah dat choosing to honor/memorialize a loved one - military or not - on Memorial Day does NOT detract from Memorial Day but wen it comes 'commercialized' such as the Lantern ceremony, it does. I should have been more clear as to the 'intent' of dis blog entry dat personal remembrance will NEVAH have a specific blackout day but wen it becomes a gigantic production of performances, stages, commercials and obtaining permits - well, you tell me if das "Memorial Day".

    If your argument is that you are disgusted by people

    Sometimes myself too. 😆

    That's a complaint about narcissism, which is never pono.

    Rogah dat.

    Honoring someone who is missed - and expressing love for them - is always pono. And I hope you agree that doing so never takes away from anyone else's acts of love. Aloha comes from an endless reservoir.

    Hooah.
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    Cojef:
    Fast forward, it has slowly evolved to included our dear departed family members... Social mores is never static, it has the propensity to change and evolve for good or bad.

    True dat. You just have to turn on da tv to realize dat but should 'specific' days be muddled so much dat da true meaning of da day no longer exists? Maybe das why Christmas starts after Labor Day. 🙄


  9. kamaaina808:

    I agree about the Lantern Festival. I often wondered why it wasn't on the Sat/Sunday before.


  10. Ocean Lover:

    I not going get involved one way or another as I see both sides. But one thing I gotta say (with all due respect) is DAT LADY GIVES ME THE HEEBIE JEEBIES.


  11. 9th Island Girl:

    OL, you always crack me up! I would be interested to hear what the vets think.


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