Once a year, Americans step back from their busy lives to celebrate Memorial Day. With the warm weather, sales at various retailers, and a day off of work, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that Memorial Day is a time to honor the brave men and women who fought and died while serving in the US Armed Forces. Here are five ways to honor those who have fallen and have a great day.
1. Fly the Flag
Show your pride and gratitude for those that served by flying the US flag. We may all come from different backgrounds, and often have disagreements, but we are still one nation. Flying the flag can help remind us of all the good things we have in common.
2. Decorate the Grave of a Fallen Soldier
Research a family member, or even a stranger, who fought and died for their country. Then visit their grave, decorate it, pay your respects, and share their story with your friends and family. Taking a moment to learn about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice is sure to give you a greater sense of appreciation for those who serve.
3. Speak with a Veteran
Veterans offer a wealth of knowledge and can truly give us perspective on the many freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Seek out a member of your own family or a neighbor, or find an opportunity to volunteer among our veterans. Due to stay-at-home orders, in-person service may be out of the question, but even a phone call or video conference can go a long way.
4. Watch a Movie
Find a historically accurate movie about a war you know little about and watch it with your loved ones. Think about the stories of military personnel and what they went through. Whether it’s WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan, we could all stand to learn more about the conflicts our nation has faced.
Memorial Day is a wonderful time to remember those who have fallen. Activities such as flying the flag, decorating the grave of a soldier, speaking with a veteran, spending time outdoors, or even watching a movie can give us a greater appreciation for the freedoms we all enjoy. Find the right activity for you, and have a good Memorial Day!