Vice President Kamala Harris was criticized on Saturday for tweeting about Memorial Day, but without mentioning the importance of the weekend.
“Enjoy the long weekend,” Harris wrote, above a heartfelt photo of her smiling.
Social media users condemned Harris’ lack of tact, reminding the vice president of the sacrifices the “long weekend” is meant to honor.
“Remember why we are having a long weekend,” Tony Lederer wrote in a tweet associated with a photo of the Vietnam Memorial.
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“It’s Memorial Day weekend – [not] for appreciating – but for commemorating our dead, ”wrote another. “Our brothers and sisters, who” gave the last full measure of devotion. Please try to respect that. “
The tweet was shared with an image of a woman lying on a blanket in front of a gravestone at Arlington National Cemetery with a baby.
“As we enjoy this long weekend, let us all take a solemn moment to remember these brave men and women who sacrificed everything,” wrote Peter Francis.
Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May each year to honor the men and women who have passed away while serving in the United States military.
The tradition began as Spring Decorating Day in the years following the end of the Civil War, eventually becoming a federal holiday in 1971.
A 2019 study by Bloomberg BNA found that 97% of employees considered Memorial Day to be a paid day off, but around 40% of companies require some employees to continue working.
Other social media users reminded the vice president that not all Americans are entitled to a long weekend without Monday, especially as the service sector has reopened in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic .
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Harris addressed the pandemic in a speech at a graduation ceremony at the US Naval Academy on Friday.
“It has always had an impact on our world,” she said. “It has always influenced our perspective, and if we weren’t clear before, we now know: our world is interconnected. Our world is interdependent and our world is fragile.”
“This, aspirants, is the time we are in, and it is unlike any other time before,” Harris added.
But Harris turned heads when she joked about marine electrical engineers creating green energy during her speech on Friday.
“Just ask any Marine today, would she rather carry 20 pounds of batteries or a rolled up solar panel, and I’m sure she’ll tell you a solar panel, and so do he, “she said before laughing.
The White House declined to comment on the tweet which garnered negative attention.
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