But have we ever considered that such a practice is immeasurably insulting to the people and the events and the causes which we celebrate? We are speaking about people who dedicated their lives so that we could be here today to grill or watch ballgames or what have you. These people worked for causes which speak to the soul. Or we are talking about events so important to our history as a nation that without such remembrance we commit a great affront to our collective history. And what do we do?
Shove them around the calendar for our convenience.
Wow. That Dr. Martin Luther King was such a great guy, let's make his birthday a holiday. Only let's make it on the nearest Monday if January 15th inconveniently falls on a Friday this year, so that we can enjoy a prolonged vacation. Whatever we do, we better remember our heroes in the way which suits us best: by us taking time off to do as we please. That's what matters: our convenience.
That's simply wrong.