This Monday is Memorial Day, a U.S. federal holiday where the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May. For this weeks link-up with The World Around Her and Little Miss Mama I am featuring five patriotic ways to show your support for our armed forces this Memorial Day.
1. Fly your flag! It is honorary to place your flags at half-staff on Memorial Day. You can also aid in placing flags at local cemeteries of fallen soldiers. You can contact your local one here and see if they are in need of volunteers. Many of the cemeteries also sold ceremonies this weekend.
2. The National Moment of Remembrance asks Americans to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute at 3 p.m. local time.. The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. Set your cell phone alarm for 3 p.m. and take a minute to reflect and remember.
3. The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day and takes its origin from the poem In Flanders Fields. Today, the Buddy Poppies, as they are called, are still assembled by the Veterans at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities and veterans homes and each year the VFW distributes roughly 14 million worldwide. Show your support by purchasing one from a Veteran and wear it proudly.
4. Many small towns host parades, ceremonies, and memorial services on Memorial Day. Attend one and thank a Veteran or pause and remember what the day’s festivities are about. If you’re not sure if there is one local to you it is best to search online or look through your local newspaper. This site also lists local parades and you can search by state and find one close to you.
5. Sending a care package or letter to a soldier is a great way to honor those living heroes who risk their lives to protect our country. Operation Gratitude provides information on where to send your cards and letters to, and Adopt A Platoon is a website that helps to connect with soldiers who are currently serving.
Throughout all of these activities, don’t forget to wear your red, white, and blue! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and Memorial Day!