What is Memorial Day?
It is the day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.
So, what can you and your family do to carry on the meaning of this sacred day in your community and properly honor our fallen heroes?
- Display an American flag and lower it to half-mast until noon in honor of every soldier, sailor, Marine, and airman who gave their lives in service to our nation.
- Volunteer to place wreaths at the grave sites at your closest national cemetery.
- Set your cellphone’s alarm to remind you to pause at 3 p.m. for the National Moment of Remembrance, and listen for that Amtrak whistle.
- Attend a religious service or engage in quiet reflection on the sacrifice others have made for your freedom and security.
- Visit a war memorial or monument, and discuss the meaning of Memorial Day with your children and grandchildren.
- Reach out to any neighborhood Gold Star family (a family that has lost a service member) to offer your support.
As Americans, we enjoy the enormous blessing of freedom. Remembering those who died to preserve that freedom is an obligation we all share.