Friday Fun: Simple Ways to Honor Soldiers on Memorial Day

Memorial Day has become synonymous with kicking off summer. Most beaches are officially open and the long weekend lures vacation seekers to warmer destinations. Sometimes we get so caught up in our long weekend plans and activities that we can forget what Memorial Day is truly about. Even while you’re planning your beach trip or family BBQ, don’t forget to remember the brave men and women who fought for our freedom, safety and the safety of others. There are some simple ways to pay tribute to service members who have fallen as well as to those who are currently serving. It just takes a little bit of though and care. Here are some simple ways to honor our soldiers

Put Out Your American Flag.

FlagSeems simple enough and painfully obvious, right? Flying your American flag takes on a whole new meaning on Memorial Day. By flying your flag you are honoring the brave men and women who serve our great country. Did you guys know that on Memorial Day, there is flag etiquette?  From sunrise till noon, it is customary to raise your flag to half staff. This display honors the soldiers who have fallen in war. From noon till sunset the flag is raised to full staff to honor living service members and veterans. If you are having a BBQ event in your home this is a lovely way to pay homage.

Give Your Thanks To Service Members.

Show thanksIf you know someone personally who served in the armed forces, this might be a simple one. If you don’t, there are still ways you can show your appreciation. You can send a care package to a soldier on duty or write a heartfelt letter to someone who might need the encouragement. This is also a great activity for children and teaches them compassion and gratitude. Be creative and make someone’s day!

A Minute Of Silence.

HonorA heartfelt way to observe Memorial Day is to honor the fallen with a minute of silence. Take a few moments to reflect on the sacrifice of others. According to Pastbook, “In 2000 President Bill Clinton issued a memorandum on the White House Program for the National Moment of Remembrance. He encouraged Americans to pause for one minute at 3:00 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day, to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all.”

Buy A Poppy.

PoppyThe origins of this tradition goes all the way back to 1924. The reference was made in a Colonel John McCrae poem titled In Flanders Fields. McCrae was a WW1 surgeon who witnessed the atrocities of war first hand. The final line of his poem reads, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields. 
The poppy was adopted as the official memorial flower of the VFW at its national convention in Seattle, Wash in 1922 and became a source of fundraising since 1924. So pick up some poppies and support our veterans.

Donate To A Cause.

CharityThere are many amazing organizations that help veterans get on their feet after war. Organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, The Army Emergency Relief Fund and the National Military Family Association are a few reputable organizations dedicated to assisting our veterans and armed forces. You can support vets by donating to a cause that’s right for you and your family.

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