We thought Memorial Day was for honoring the fallen, but it sometimes feels like it’s really all about sales on mattresses.


We’ve got nothing against mattress retailers, but come on.


  • Diane Stephan

    This is why I’m glad they never made 9/11 a National holiday. The thought of backyard BBQ’s and 9/11 Mattress Blowout Sales sickens me.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Never thought of it that way, but you’re right.

  • Republicanvet

    This has happened for years.

    …which is why many have no idea what Memorial Day is about.

  • ledzepp8

    This is just silly. Memorial Day is a holiday for remembering the men and women that died defending this country…but it’s still a holiday weekend. There are big sales during any and all holiday weekends. It’s probably been that way since the first department store or car dealership opened it’s doors.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    “We’re gonna hafta go to the mattresses on this…”

  • mike_in_kosovo
    • Nyota Uhura

      Thank you for that link, Mike. I hope everyone on Twitchy reads it and passes it on.

      Edited to add this lovely poem, “Ode of Remembrance” by Laurence Binyon, written about British soldiers but just as much for ours:

      They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
      Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
      They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
      They fell with their faces to the foe.

      They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
      Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
      At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
      We will remember them.

      They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
      They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
      They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
      They sleep beyond England’s foam

    • nc ✓s & balances

      A must read! Thank you so much, Mike.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Could you imagine what positive publicity a business would garner if it advertised that it wanted to display the photos and stories of those local people who served and gave their lives in service?

    • Nyota Uhura

      Some businesses do, where I live, thankfully :)

  • radicallyalyssa

    In Pensacola where I live, Memorial Day weekend is about gay pride. It’s revolting. Instead of celebrating with our friends at the beach, which is the usual for most of us, we are bombarded with gay men wearing almost-nothing bathing suits and their belligerence because of their gay pride.

    I’m not against gay pride at all, but it’s stupid that they have to take Memorial Day from us.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Late June, when Pride Parades are often held in other cities, is probably too hot on the Gulf Coast to want to march through the street in drag. At least that’s what they’ll probably tell you, anyway.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      OMG, is there any weekend that isn’t about Gay Pride?

  • Patrick J.

    If somebody wants to sell me something for cheaper than they would otherwise and I’m in the market… what’s wrong with that?

  • Nyota Uhura

    Since Memorial Day is also seen as the unofficial first day of summer, why not change the name of the sales to Summer Kickoff Day, or something similar? Ever since I was young, the commercialization of Memorial Day has sickened me.

  • http://nomorethannothing.com apostrophedave

    is this the same dumb ass people that were advertising bagels or some shit in honour of the boston bombing? merica makes me laugh sometimes