There are two ways to think about Memorial Day.
We could think about it as a day to celebrate the state and its wars. Most Americans do seem to regard it as a pro-war holiday; the other day I actually heard someone on tv saying, in reference to the three-day holiday, Thank a veteran for the fact that you have the freedom to take a day off. (Right, because if Vietnam had conquered the u.s. like it was all set to, they wouldnt have given us any public holidays.)
But a day to commemorate those who fell in war is, properly speaking, an anti-war holiday, to honour the victims who have been drafted or otherwise conned into becoming cannon fodder for the squabbles among the ruling classes of the earth.
The true Memorial Day slogan should be: Never Again.