Those of us who were "born and bred in the Brier patch" remember that once upon a time, the South did not celebrate the last Monday in May as "Memorial day" but April 26, which is considered Confederate Memorial Day, a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.
So we now "celebrate" both days. It is true that "Memorial Day" has re-invented itself as a "day to celebrate all wars" but the fact remains that "Memorial Day" (last Monday in May) was begun as a celebration of the Northern soldiers that died in the War for Northern Aggression.
Not only so, but it was patterned on Confederate Memorial Day. Hello! So I can go to the beach, or eat barbecue or simply stay home and rest the last Monday in May, but I do not forget what it started out as. Will you?