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Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, Cohen Veterans Network, a not-for-profit philanthropic organization that serves post-9/11 veterans, service members and their families through a nationwide system of mental health clinics, is encouraging Americans to remember those who have served and died. As we honor the fallen, we also raise awareness of the complexities of grief for those they left behind and share ways for all Americans to show support for the bereaved.

The Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day was “established in 1868 to pay tribute to individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States and their families.” For many, Memorial Day weekend has become the unofficial start to summer, often celebrated with barbecues and vacations but Cohen Veterans Network urges Americans to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. Learn more about the meaning of this important day and ways to honor the fallen in this toolkit.


What Does Memorial Day Mean to You?

Jeff, an Army veteran, shares what #MemorialDay means to him. “On Memorial Day we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. And what it means for me, is to live my life, worthy of their sacrifice.”

Hear from a Cohen Clinic team member and Gold Star widow as she shares what Memorial Day means to her and how she spends the day to honor her husband.

What does Memorial Day mean to you? Share your thoughts on social media to bring awareness to the topic.


Grief: How to Show Continued Support

For Gold Star Families, Memorial Day is every day. When someone suffers a loss, there tends to be a burst of support in the beginning which dissipates over time. But there is no time limit to grief. Grief is a complicated and non-linear process.

Learn how you can support a loved one as they manage grief after a devastating loss.

This CVN Blog post offers tips on supporting loves ones as they manage grief.


Talk to your Kids about Memorial Day

Part of commemorating Memorial Day is preserving the legacy of those we’ve lost, and this includes ensuring younger generations understand the true meaning of the day! We’ve created a “Learning about Memorial Day” guide for kids to help teach children what Memorial Day is and why it’s so important. Download the guide here.