Here is a video that about Family Honors Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day.
Yesterday was June 1st, International Children’s Day. Everyone knows this day, but not everyone know why we have International Children’s Day. There are mounts of things we have remembered, but we always misremember what should we remember; we only know it is a holiday, but not understand why. After two years I came here, we had some long-weekend due to some holidays like Columbus Day, Professional Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. These days should be remembered with a particular reason but nowadays people just remember that we will have one-day off school at that day so we can hang out to have a party. I was shocked cause even American friends did not know those things. It let me think when I was in China, these things always happened because people are lacking of common knowledge for the holidays.
I read an article called Forgetting Why We Remember few days ago. The author mentions the Memorial Day is to honor the nation’s war dead and also it is a holiday for people every year. On that day, store and other places will closed and employees will take one day off to relax, to enjoy the life. But in the article, author mentions that people are losing the significant to have a holiday. It is not only to give one-day off for relaxing, it is more to memorized the memory that happened in history, to avoid to make the same mistake as the last time. Then the author generally gives more history events about Memorial Day and trying to convince people to change the way they remember.
I am really appreciated what did the author do for helping us to know what should we know. But personally, the main problem I realized is the common knowledge of our cultures. So the culture education of teenagers is most important cause teenagers are the future of the world, in order to implant this ideas to them. As they are growing, these ideas will stay in their mind so that they will tell the next generation; then these ideas have become a part of culture of the United States. I feel awkward when I cannot answer the questions of culture of China cause as a Chinese, what is the feeling that when a foreigner knows more about your own country. The same as Chinese, Americans should have more conscious that willing to know about the country. There is slang in China saying that the man who knows history is always wise. My mother tells me that when a man knows a lot about history. It can make this man shiny. We do not have to study history; what we need to do is having more knowledge of our country. Until one day, we can propagate our country to other countries proudly.