is a way of life. –Yves Saint Laurent
While elsewhere in the world, it’s just a regular weekend. Here, in the States it is a time we honor those who gave the greatest sacrifice for their country. It’s Memorial Day weekend. I am not a military honk by any stretch. I respect those who enlist and dedicate their time to the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, etc. Unfortunately, I have seen over the decades the business per usual commercialization of this day. It is what it is. It is bothersome when people forget what the day is for. It’s not about getting drunk, eating stuff off the grill and stuffing your face until it explodes. No matter how one feels about America, its government and all the other stuff, take a moment of silence to honor those who gave their lives for this country.
In addition to this, you can be honorable too by not dressing like a frat boy. I am aware sometimes one just does not feel like dressing nice. I understand but keep in mind, it can at times (depending on the person and situation) become a bad habit. You’re doing so well at the gym and you decide to skip one day. Then two days the next week. Then comes the “I’ll take a week off because I need it” excuse. Rubbish! I am not stating it is wrong to have a day where you just don’t feel like it. But do not let one day domino into many months.
Now, what to wear for that Memorial Day cookout? Remember, this weekend kicks off the start of Summer even though it doesn’t officially arrive until sometime in June. If you’re lucky, the weather is perfect and the selections I made for the three pictures you see will be just right. Wear a nice v-neck t-shirt, henley, button-down or polo shirt. No tank tops, wife beaters or sleeves that have been manually chopped off a t-shirt with graphics on it. You’re not at a college weekender. Wear some nice tailored shorts (no cargo shorts!), linen shorts or pants. And for the love of Buddha, no jean shorts! Wear some nice boat shoes, suede wing tips, loafers or trainers. Go sockless or grab a pair of no show socks. Please do not enlist the services of the dreaded pair of black socks and slides. Unless you have a big game coming up, leave them at home. Also, accessorize! Have a little bit of pride in your appearance. Honor those who gave their lives. And don’t forget the maekju. Jal ga!