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Several Washington D.C. students sign petition to “unrecognize Memorial Day” because “it needs to be rebranded”

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Of course, the petition that passed around for signing IN Washington D.C. was not real, but the reactions to it were all too true.

Addison Smith, Campus Reform's video reporter, went on a trip to Georgetown University close to Memorial Day to check if any students would be interested in signing a petition to “unrecognize Memorial Day as a federal holiday.”

Sadly, one of the few students who refused to sign did it because it is “one of the bank holidays, and I work at a bank.”

What are the details?

Campus Reform revealed it gathered 50 signatures for the mock petition and that many students met the initiative with “enthusiasm.” One of them even went so far as to condemn the holiday before even reading what the petition was about, the news outlet said.

“I don't think Memorial Day should be a thing that we celebrate, personally. I mean, like, I didn't really think I've been this way until I got to college, and like, I took women's and gender studies classes, and that put me on this path,” the student stated for the outlet.

The same student also explained how the classes that he took gave him a “language” as he gradually learned that “everything is connected, and like, for me, like, I was on this, like, spirituality-type journey where I was like, 'Oh, we're all one' or whatever, and, like, what I was learning in social justice, like, was the material analysis I needed to practice what I feel, like, exists on the spiritual plane in real, everyday life.”

Another student interviewed by the outlet on Memorial Day answered when asked if it should be celebrated, “absolutely not.”

“It represents a lot of negative aspects and highlights something that people shouldn't necessarily be proud of. If we're going to honor and celebrate the dead, I think it should be those that lost their lives to something else.”

What prompted a student to refuse to sign the petition cancelling the holiday?

To top it all one woman came up with a most unexpected reason on why she didn’t want to sign the petition. It was not because she wanted people to celebrate their loved ones. The reason she gave was simply that “Memorial Day is one of the bank holidays, and I work at a bank.”
She also said that “we should probably rebrand Memorial Day as something else; let's celebrate something worthwhile instead,” she concluded when interviewed in Washington D.C.

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