It's more than about great sales.
It's more than about sleeping in.
It's more than about hanging out with family and friends at the lake or pool.
It's more than just another day to do all those chores you never get around to.
And it's damn sure more than about this.
Several commenters there got it right: Memorial Day is a day to honor the men and women who sacrificed all so that we can take it for granted. That means sacrificed in all our wars, whether you agree with the administration policy or not. It includes those drafted, those who thought they'd get drafted, and those who volunteered. It includes those who signed up because they wanted to fight, those who signed up to get job skills, and those who signed up to get G.I. bill benefits.
Maybe the death of my father has made me a bit pissy about anti-war B.S., but let me be blunt: nobody--not even George W. Bush--wants American soldiers to die in meaningless combat. But then, none of us want young people to die because they were reckless or impulsive, either. Memorial Day is about putting aside your petty politics long enough to say "thank you" for the people who fought for your right to be so self-righteous.