It’s Memorial Day weekend and I am sure we all have plans to spend time with family and friends as we take advantage of the three-days of freedom from work/ school! Many of us will fire up the BBQ, play some music and kick back, that’s the Memorial Day weekend tradition, and there is NOTHING wrong with that.
As we go about our festivities this year let us not forget to honor those for whom this weekend was established as a national holiday.
Here are a few ways we can be sure to honor those who have served our country this weekend:
TAKE TIME TO VISIT A VETRAN’S CENTER. Stop by and talk for a while, let them know they are not forgotten and that their service and sacrifices are remembered and appreciated. If you are short on time, whip up a few extra baked goodies and drop them off with a note of thanks! Find your local Vetran’s Center here.
VISIT THE LOCAL VETRAN’S CEMETERY. Take a couple of minutes or hours to walk through and remember those who have died for the freedom that you enjoy. Clean up neglected headstones, pull some weeds, leave flowers or just spend some time honoring those who have fallen. Find your local Veteran cemetery here.
DISPLAY YOUR COLORS. Something as simple as flying the Red, White and Blue as a show of your pride in your country and your thanks to those who have fought and died for it can be a great way to honor our Veteran’s on Memorial Day.
OBSERVE THE NATIONAL MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE. In 2000, Congress created the National Moment to make sure our troops are honored. At 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, every American is asked to pause for just one minute to honor the fallen.
THANK A SOLDIER, A VETERAN AND THEIR FAMILY. Serving our country can often be a thankless job. Let those who are serving or have served know that they are appreciated and that their families are appreciated as well.
What are some of the ways you honor Memorial Day?