Micks Corner

On This Memorial Day: A Quick/Long Message

Mick Fleming on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

Is it proper to wish someone a ‘Happy’ Memorial Day?  I’m always a little confused about that, but I do hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend.  Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we relocate.  Actually, next week we move to new HQ across town.  If phone service interruptions occur during the move (not anticipated), please dial temporary ACCE backup line: 202-596-1081.

When it comes to a day devoted to visiting both cemeteries and barbeques, my feelings get muddled.  Am I supposed to be popping a cold one on the back deck with friends, watching Pork Chop Hill on AMC, boosting the local retail economy, or posting genuinely sincere patriotic feelings on Facebook?  Do I visit Arlington?

And what about this week’s tragedies affecting our members in Shawnee, Moore and suburban OKC?  The stoic and optimistic survivor stories make my heart soar like a hawk (old movie reference), even as my eyes leak a bit when stories of those who lost a baby or a dad appear on screen.  It is a comfort to know that the best problem solvers on the planet are on the job in OKC region.  (Watch for imminent message re. Oklahoma business recovery from ACCE Chairman Roy Williams!).

In spite of my perennially confusing Memorial Day feelings, I’ll stay positive.  My Oklahoma friends will figure things out.  No doubt.  We will each find our personal ways to remember those who have fought and died protecting us, but we won’t let that remembrance dampen the joys of life in America 2013.  No doubt.  And, we can each remember that there is a time for working hard and time to shut it down for a long weekend.  No doubt.