We are grateful, I hope, amidst our 3-day weekend outings, our BBQ gatherings and our fun-filled plans on Memorial Day weekend. We remember, I hope, that this day is so much more than these things, that men and woman have given their lives for the freedoms we get to enjoy. We support, I hope, the people who are still fighting, still serving, still helping maintain this freedom. And, perhaps, through our gratefulness, our rememberence and our support our kids will learn what an important day this really is.
Here are a few ways we can stop for a moment and remember, reflect and appreciate those who have given their lives.
- Put flags or flowers on the graves of men and women who served in wars. Maybe you have a family member you visit each year. Take a moment to pause.
- Fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until noon.
- Visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, sailors and marines.
- Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
- March in a parade.
- Support veterans by bringing cookies or other goodies to a Veteran’s Hospital
- Say thank you to a veteran in your life.