Sophia Raday lives in Berkeley, California, with her soldier/police officer husband, their two children, a bipartisan dog, and assorted firearms. She is the author of Love in Condition Yellow: A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage, which chronicles her peacenik/warrior love story and provides insight on age-old political divisions in the United States. This post originally appeared on military.com.
In a very un-scientific survey, I asked kids around the country what Memorial Day meant to them:
"Memorial day is about playing games, resting, and celebrating the Lincoln memorial too." Boy, 8, MT
"Picnics" Girl, 4, CA
"I think Memorial Day is about honoring our troops. I think it's about loving and caring for our troops and we should honor it and respect it." Boy (whose dad is in Iraq), 11, TN
"Watermelon" Boy, 3, CA (with Momma's help)
"We celebrate the soldiers that died. But it just came to mind that we celebrate this day because our flag was still there in fort." Girl, 8, MT
"My daddy has people tell him thank you all day for his hard work for the USA and Chico." Girl, 6, CA
"I don't know what Memorial Day is. I do not even know what the word means." Boy, 8, MT
"It is a day to acknowledge the men and women who have died serving our country." Boy, 11, NJ
"Where are you going with this? I don't want to answer." My son, 9, (who is tired of being the subject of his mother's writings and knows his Miranda rights.)
Among military families, I'd wager most everyone knows what Memorial Day means. But the rest of the country?