Ways to Honor Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an important holiday for the military community and the country to honor and remember those who have served and died. Many Americans spend the day off work at a barbecue or at the beach, where the true meaning of the day can get overlooked.

Less than 1% of Americans serve in the military, but as Americans we can all honor the fallen. Here are 7 ideas to commemorate Memorial Day and support our military community.

  1. Observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3PM. Wherever you are, join in a nationwide moment of unity at 3:00 PM your local time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made and the families left behind.
  2. Display the American flag at homeRemember these guidelines for proper display of the American Flag.
  3. Visit a military cemetery or memorial. Find one near you or explore one virtually.
  4. Read stories of those we’ve lost to honor their legacy. View the Tribute Walls from Tragedy Assistance Project or Travis Manion Foundation.
  5. Talk to your children about the true meaning of Memorial Day. Use this presentation to discuss with children. Find more educational resources from Wreaths Across America or Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
  6. Take part in a Memorial Day event such as a Carry the Load rally or run, local or National Memorial Day Parade, or the PBS National Memorial Day Concert.
  7. Enjoy the day… our military members served so that we can enjoy our American way of life. Have a cookout, go to the pool, spend time with loved ones – and still remember the reason for Memorial Day and why we have the freedoms to enjoy the day.

How will you honor and remember those who have served and died this Memorial Day?