Honoring The Fallen on Memorial Day
By Laura Sussely-Pope, Pregnancy.org
We all know that Memorial Day is a day to honor our fallen heroes – the many men and women of our Armed Forces who died while serving for us. Even if you do not personally know or have someone who was or is in the military, there are many ways that you can honor them as a family during this long weekend.
From simple to more involved, anyone can honor our veterans in one or more of these ways:
- Display an American flag. (Bring it back out for Flag Day on June 14th!)
- If you have one near you, visit a national cemetery where volunteers have decorated each grave site with a U.S. flag. This becomes a living history lesson for your family.
- Say thanks to a living veteran.
- Put together a “care package” for our veterans currently serving. You can find out more about this through several organizations such as soldiersangels.org and military.com. This is also a great way to show your children how to care for others.
- Observe the National Moment of Remembrance as a family. Every year at 3:00 pm your time, there is a moment of remembrance. Observe this by saying a prayer or having a moment of silence.
- Go to a Local Parade! Chances are good that your community is having a parade. Take the kids, wave flags and enjoy the music.
- If you know a family whose family has loved ones serving overseas, invite them to your family’s barbecue or outing or drop off some baked goods for them. And thank *them* for their service.
You can also use Memorial Day to honor your family members who have passed on, regardless of whether they served in the military. You could plant a flower or tree in honor of a family member, share photo albums with your family, make their favorite dish for your weekend barbecue or make a care package as mentioned above in their name.
Honoring our troops isn’t a matter of politics. It’s a matter of honoring those who have died for our freedom and literally put their life on the line for our country. So while Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of Summer and we will happily enjoy our beach days, backyard barbecues and other outings, let’s take this time to teach our children the meaning of Memorial Day.