All too often, we take holidays for granted. Sometimes, we just enjoy the extra time off and don’t give too much thought to why the holiday even exists. Memorial Day is a day no American should ever forget the meaning of. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. While our country is far from perfect, we owe the freedoms we have to those who have given their lives to preserve them. On this Memorial Day, here are three ways you can honor those who gave everything for all of us…
Follow mourning etiquette with your flag: If you don’t have a flag on display at your house, this would be the perfect weekend to change that. If you have a flag pole, as Anthony said in his article yesterday, fly your flag at half mast (to recognize those who’ve died in service) until noon and then raise it to its peak (to celebrate all who have served).
Take a moment to reflect: The National Moment of Remembrance, first proclaimed in May 2000, asks Americans to pause for a duration of one minute at 3 pm local time on Memorial Day in order to remember those who have died in military service to the United States.
Visit a memorial: There are many museums, memorials, and monuments located all over the country. Find one and take time to pay respect to the men and women who are honored by these symbols of gratitude. The American Legion has a list of memorials you can check out if you’re interested in finding one near you.