While we may host patriotic parades, parties, and BBQs during Memorial Day weekend which has become a symbol of summertime, the actual Memorial Day Holiday on the last Monday in May is a somber occasion where we remember military men and women who lost their lives in service.
Here are several ways you can help honor the memory of deceased friends, family, and all those who laid down their lives for America on this special day.
While this year the COVID-19 pandemic has kept us mostly indoors and canceled many large gatherings such as Memorial Day parades and community events, normally you can attend or volunteer to help host military-themed events in your area. Many people volunteer to place flowers or flags at gravesites in veteran’s cemeteries. You’ll have to coordinate with the cemetery or another local group to arrange this properly. You can also volunteer to place flags, with permission, in yards around your neighborhood. Finally, you can decorate your home with red, white, and blue and fly an American flag in front of your home. Check out this website for more information about proper mourning flag etiquette.
Did you know that there is a National Moment Of Remembrance that takes place on Memorial Day? As part of the national holiday, congress and former president Bill Clinton signed a proclamation in the year 2000 that encourages a nation-wide moment of remembrance at 3 PM local time. It’s important to remember that this holiday is about real people who made sacrifices in the name of their country's protection. You can also remember the fallen with quiet reflection or prayer at home, at church, or with a group of like-minded friends and family.
One way to honor those that lost their lives is to support their brothers and sisters in arms, especially those that are struggling right now. According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, up to 11% of the homeless population is made up of military service veterans. An estimated 47,725 veterans sleep on the streets or in shelters each night. There are many organizations that offer services to homeless or at-risk veterans in your local community. No Vet Left Behind, for example, is a national organization that helps veterans in many ways. You can volunteer your time making hygiene kits, serving meals, or organizing fundraisers. You can also donate money, vehicles, clothing, or household items to veteran organizations.
All year round you can share love for your flag and country by adding patriotic home decor around the house. Check out the adorable red, white, and blue wooden signs offered by Honey Dew Gifts right now. These make great welcome gifts for your front door and also look great hanging on the wall in your laundry room, living room, or just about anywhere you need a pop of color. Our wall hangings also make great gifts for military friends and family you wish to celebrate.