Today, we’re excited to share 10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day!
Memorial Day in the US is always celebrated on the last Monday in May. It’s officially a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our country. For most of us living in the US, it’s also a long holiday weekend that marks the unofficial kickoff to summer.
Whether you’re part of a volunteer team laying flags at the National Cemetery, participating in a hometown parade or hosting a family barbeque there are simple ways you can honor the lives of loved ones and the great men and women in our communities who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.
Here’s a list of 10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day…
Fly the US Flag– Memorial Day is a National Day of Mourning so remember to fly to flag at half-staff until noon.
Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance– The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
Visit Arlington or a National Cemeterary in Your Area – Take a trip with your family to the National Cemetery in your area and place flags, flowers or wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers. You can find a list of National Cemeteries and State Veterans Cemeteries by state here.
Support Gold Star Families– Memorial Day is also a great time to shower the Gold Star Families in your area with extra love and to learn how you can best support Gold Star Families in their grief .
Attend a Memorial Day Parade or a Memorial Day Community Event– If you’re going to Washington DC be sure to check out the National Memorial Day Concert or watch it on PBS, Sunday, May 26 at 8 pm.
Plan a Visit to the National War Memorials– Get educated about the cost of freedom by planning a visit to National War Memorials, Remembrance Monuments in Your Hometown or by visiting your local Museum of Military History.
Bring Flowers to the Veteran’s Hospital– If you’ve ever had a loved one in the hospital you know how sterile the environment can be, especially if you’re visiting every day. Cheer up the patients, staff and guests by calling ahead to see if you can place flowers or a wreath in the lobby of your local veteran’s hospital. You can search for the location nearest you here.
Send a Care Package to Soldiers on Deployment – Soldiers on deployment love notes from home and care packages so lift their spirits by sending them a box of goodies. You can find specific information for creating care packages here .
Plan a Barbeque and Invite a Military Family Over for a Meal– We’ve moved around quite a bit as a military family so we know first-hand how overwhelming it can be at first to move to a new town. Memorial Day is a great time to include a military family in your festivities.
If you don’t personally know any military families but you see one at out dinner, an ice cream stand or at Starbucks offer to pay for their meal or treat.
Wear Red, White, and Blue – If your family is anything like ours, you’ll be attending multiple events throughout the weekend. Wearing red, white and blue is a super easy and inexpensive way to remember the sacrifice of your fellow countrymen by wearing our nation’s colors with pride.
I know this is a busy time of year for so many of us. Yet there is no better way to honor the legacy and sacrifices of American veterans than to slow down and remember them on Memorial Day. Whether it’s through celebrating the life of a loved one, education, service to others or participating in civic events all veterans both past and present should not be forgotten.