For most of us, Memorial Day means a day off of work, family barbeques, and the kickoff to summer. For many, its significance runs much deeper. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and a chance to honor those who lost their lives in active military service. It takes place on the last Monday of May, and this year, the federal holiday takes place on May 27.
Here are ten ways to commemorate the courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom this Memorial Day.
- Take a personal moment of silence for these fallen soldiers and their families. The National Moment of Remembrance resolution encourages those paying homage to pause at 3:00 p.m.
- Proudly display the American flag in honor of those who lost their lives.
- Write letters of appreciation to the men and women on active duty.
- Seek out a volunteer program that supports veterans and give your time.
- Create and send care packages to those still actively engaged in military service.
- Visit soldiers who are recovering at the VA hospital. You can use this Facility Locator to find the VA hospital nearest you.
- Read and share the original Decoration Day proclamation.
- Take a moment to reflect on the roots of our nation and the sacrifice that was made to found the first country in history to affirm a person’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Help out the families in your community who have lost loved ones who served in the military.
- Visit a local military cemetery and pay your respects to the service men and women who have fallen.
We hope this inspires you to stop and take a moment this Memorial Day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.