Simple Ways to Honor Our True Heroes This Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of Summer, but let’s not forget the reason for your long weekend.  Memorial Day is a time to celebrate and remember the lives of those who’ve died while serving our country. Take a moment to pause your BBQ plans, and get together with your family to honor our fallen heroes.  After all, they have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

1. Attend a local memorial day event or parade.

Memorial Day Parade

Head over to the Presidio for this year's Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Cemetery on Monday, May 28, 2018. More information here.

2. Share on social media.

Share a photo of your beloved fallen soldier/airman/etc. on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.  Making their story visibly is a wonderful way to honor them. You can also use #wearegrateful , where comments are frequently printed on postcards and distributed to troops worldwide.

 An amputee Marine running with the American flag held high. Boston Marathon 2017.

An amputee Marine running with the American flag held high. Boston Marathon 2017.

3. Participate in a marathon fundraiser for Active Duty, Reserve, and Retired military members.

I Ran Marathons Memorial Heroes 7 Days- San Antonio, TX

Salute the Troops- Fond Du Lac, WI

Memorial March- Bellevue, NE

Hero Half Marathon- Sweet Home, OR

4. Visit a battlefield, museum, or locations of historical significance.

Enjoy a vacation to a new destination, while still reflecting on Memorial Day’s true meaning.  The following are some famous examples.

 National World War II Museum- New Orleans, LA

National World War II Museum- New Orleans, LA

  1. Gettysburg National Military Park- Gettysburg, PA

  2. USS Arizona National Memorial- Honolulu, HI

  3. Omaha Beach, Normandy- Normandy, France

  4. Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp- Poland

  5. National World War II Museum- New Orleans, LA

5. Display some American flags for patriotic pride.

American Flag Displayed

Drape flags over your porch or front door, fly a flag from your car, or frost an American Flag cake.  According to flag etiquette, the flag should be raised at half-staff from sunrise until noon and then on full-staff for the rest of the day.  The reasoning behind this is to honor those who died in war before noon, and praise the living veterans who continue fighting for justice after noon.

6. Consider sending flowers to a loved one.  

Memorial Day Flowers

If you know someone who has survived losing a parent, brother, sister, friend, or loved one to war, then your money is perhaps better spent on showing them support, rather than buying five tons of meat for the grill.

7. Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance.

Established by Congress, the National Moment of Remembrance asks Americans to have a moment of silence from 3pm to 3:01PM on Memorial Day in an act of national unity.

8. Do you own a business?

Show your gratitude to those in service by giving veterans a discount on this day, or offering them something for free.  Small kind gestures go a long way!

9. Place flowers or flags on graves of fallen heroes.  

Memorial Day Grave Decoration

Leave a fresh arrangement, or artificial flowers that will last longer.  Just be sure to abide by the rules of the cemetery regarding decorations.

American Flag

10.  Consider donating.

We recommend:

Homes for our Troops, She S.E.R.V.E.D Inc., and Wounded Warriors Family Support.