For most Americans, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Many of us will enjoy this three-day weekend by going to the beach or hosting a barbecue. Are you interested in the meaning of Memorial Day, or learning how to make the day a little more meaningful? Then read on.
What is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is an American holiday to remember those servicemen and women who died while serving our country. It is held on the last Monday in May. (Note: This is different than Veteran’s Day, in which we celebrate the service of all U.S. Veterans, both living and deceased.) Many cities and towns have Memorial Day parades or ceremonies.
How to Add Meaning to Memorial Day
Volunteer at your local cemetery to help put flags at the gravestones of veterans.
Hang up an American flag at your front door. Add smaller American flags to your flower boxes and planters to show your spirit.
Attend a Memorial Day Ceremony.
Place flower pots at the gravestones of family members who have passed away.
Attend your local town parade. Show your support by clapping when the veterans walk by.
Research your family history. Military and pension records are on-line at the following sites: