For most of my life, Memorial Day has meant commemorating our veterans, watching parts of the parade on TV, having outdoor cookouts, and spending time with friends. This Memorial Day was… a bit different from the norm.
I received a message to volunteer for the Memorial Day Parade [with Miss District of Columbia] and seeing as how I’ve never done it before [nor met Miss DC], I said: “Yes, I’d like to volunteer!” As Memorial Day approached, I used Twitter, Facebook, email, and etc. to ask for volunteers. Despite my best efforts, and continuing encouragement from President Obama about volunteering, by Memorial Day I only had two people interested in going! [I even mentioned meeting Miss DC! I guess the general public is still not in a volunteering mood, plus the fact that many of my known volunteers were on summer vacation.]