Sorry didn't mean to fuck up the thread. I was specifically talking about people who don't understand what the day means and post pictures of their still alive relatives and friends who served and say "Thanks for serving". Do that every other day of the year and I'm totally for it. But the word memorial to me signifies someone has died. Memorial day is for those who have died. Whether they died in active service or not doesn't really matter as much.
These aren't controversial statements. I saw a lot of combat veterans posting similar sentiments on facebook yesterday.
War Memorial Stadium is among the myriad number of monuments across the country - stadiums, hospitals, parks, etc dedicated to those who died serving their country. There are hundreds.
I work at a hospital with "Memorial" in the title. Ironically I think everyone has forgotten where the name came from.
Never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice.