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 those in your community who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.
Here’s a list of 10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day…
Fly the 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 Cemetery 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.
Support Gold Star Families…
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 29 at 8 pm.
Plan a Visit to the National War Memorials…
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 really appreciate care packages and notes from home. 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…
As a military family, we’ve moved around quite a bit and know first-hand how overwhelming it can be at first to settle into 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 out at dinner, at an ice cream stand, or at Starbucks, offer to pay for their treat or meal.
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 simple 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 but there is no better way to honor the legacy and sacrifices of American veterans than to slow down and remember them on Memorial Day.
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