In the back of everyone's minds as an afterthought to a more dominant holiday...
July 4th: Fireworks, yay! Hey, look, a guy in uniform! Wave!
Veterans' Day: Thanks to all the guys from 'Nam! Thanks, dad! Hey, you over there, what're you doing? Oh, you're still in. Cool for you. Call me when you get back from Iraq.
Memorial Day: A moment of silence for everyone who died in WWI and WWII. Hey, you over there, you're not dead yet, get out of the way!
True, I think the joy in the 4th of July is a little misplaced... it's more like a Christmas with fireworks now. In all the shows I've seen for the 4th of July, I don't remember seeing/hearing a mention of current military members... either it was way too short or it wasn't even there. Wait, wait, a show on TV I watched last 4th, there was a mention of veterans and current members... but I had to think about it... Should I be trying to "absorb" more of the limelight or is it really just not there...?