On Memorial Day, most of us enjoy a day off work and celebrate the unofficial start of summer having barbeque’s or shopping the Memorial Day sales. Being with loved ones is a meaningful way to spend the day, but it’s also important to remember fallen soldiers and veterans on Memorial Day. Whether you take time for a moment of silence or spend the whole day reflecting, Memorial Day reminds us that freedom comes at a cost.

Try Know the Facts about Memorial Day

Isn’t that always better to know the history of the day of tribute for the soldiers who served and still serving our Great American Nation. Here’s few:

  • Official Birthplace Declared In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War.
  • Approximately 620,000 soldiers on both sides died during the Civil War.
  • The Grand Army of the Republic was created by the Union Army to honour their dead. After World War I the American Legion took over their duties.
  • Congress passed a law in 2000 that requires all Americans to stop what they are doing at 3pm on Memorial Day to remember and to honour those who have died serving the United States. President Clinton signed this action.
  • The flag is supposed to be flown at half-mast until noon, and then raised to full mast until sunset on Memorial Day.

Witness the Memorial Day Tradition:

Over the years, Memorial Day has grown to include traditions such as the red poppy of remembrance, various parades and ceremonies, and the National Moment of Remembrance. Attending parades and public ceremonies can be a great way to show your kids the importance of remembering.

Embellish a Grave with Flowers:

In the U.S., there are 134 national cemeteries as well as dozens of state cemeteries where veterans and soldiers are buried. Many of these cemeteries have veterans and soldiers from wars that took place long in the past. Although these cemeteries are well-maintained, sadly many of the older graves haven’t seen decoration in years. Get your family together and “adopt” an older grave by laying flowers or a wreath around it. Visiting a veteran’s cemetery also provides a great opportunity to give our kids a history lesson about past wars.

Honor the Deceased by Supporting Living Veterans:

Although Memorial Day is when we honour the fallen, you don’t have to wait until Veterans Day in November to show your support of living veterans. Many veterans are in need of assistance, whether its help accessing healthcare or simply the need for companionship.

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Have a Good one on this Day of Remembrance! See you over the next article.