Remembering the ‘Memorial’ in Memorial Day

May 29, 2017

Today is Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. While this day also serves as the unofficial start to the summer vacation season and an excuse for retail sales, we should all take time today to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by our nation’s brave men and women.

What can YOU do to make sure that you pay a tribute to the men and women who died protecting our rights as Americans?  Some ideas include:

Thank a Veteran – While Memorial Day honors fallen soldiers, it is also an opportune time to thank  veterans for their service and their contribution in protecting the United States and our way of life.  Consider writing a letter or sending a care package to a soldier currently deployed.  Visit for information.

Display Your Flag – Fly your flag at half-staff today from dawn until noon time.

Pause and Pay Respect at 3 p.m. – The National Moment of Remembrance asks Americans to pause in an act of national unity for one minute at 3 p.m. local time.

Attend a Parade – If your town is hosting a Memorial Day parade, be sure to attend to honor the lives of the brave men and women who lost their lives defending our freedoms.