Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and community in the United States. The last Monday in May is a day set aside to honor the men and women who lost their lives in service to our country. Some people head over to celebrate at a barbecue with friends and family, but the day has a more serious meaning for others – those who have lost a loved one in battle. Whether you’re remembering a soldier who lost his or her life or know someone who lost a loved one, consider some of these great ways to honor our fallen heroes.
Watch or Listen to the National Memorial Day Concert
Since 1989, people have gathered on the west lawn of the United States Capitol on the eve of Memorial Day for music and tributes to our fallen heroes. While you may not be able to make the concert, your family can gather around the television and tune into PBS for an evening of uplifting music and remembrance.
Honor the National Moment of Remembrance
In 2000, Congress decided to institute the National Moment of Remembrance as a way to truly honor the lives that have been lost in the armed forces. At 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, the nation partakes in a moment of silence for our fallen heroes.
Visit a Veterans Cemetery
Veteran cemetery plots are usually decorated by family members, but when there are no family members around, the task is taken on by a local veterans group. One way to get the whole family involved in honoring our fallen heroes is taking flowers to your local veterans cemetery to help honor those who are buried there.
Fly an American Flag
Many people take down the flags that fly during the winter months because of the weather. A perfect time to raise the American Flag is Memorial Day. You can fly one on your home or line your yard with the red, white and blue.
Share a photo of those you remember on Memorial Day
Memorial Day is a day to honor the lives lost in battle, so why not share the story of the loved one you lost? Post a photo to let people know who you’re remembering this year.
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer marked by barbecues, sales and a long weekend for many. It is also a day marked for remembering the soldiers who lost their lives in battle. While you’re indulging in your burgers and hot dogs or in the great deals at the store, take a moment to honor the fallen.