Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who died serving their country in the military. That, however, is not what you will hear this weekend.
Isn't it unfair to honor those who died and not those who served and survived, our veterans? What about those who served their country in some other way -- maybe the peace corps or civil service? Shouldn't we be more inclusive?
No, we should not. Veterans Day is for those who survived, Memorial Day is for those who did not. All other patriots and happy aspects of our country may be celebrated on Independence Day. If we try observer everything at once, it is too much, and we will observe nothing in particular; we will treat this as just a 3-day weekend.
Do those who gave their lives for this country deserve a day when they will be singled out for honor?
Yes. They do.