Memorial Day might mean to most that the summer season is officially starting, but it’s more than just the picnics, BBQs, and holiday time we get to spend with our family.
Since 1868, Memorial Day has been established as a way to remember the heroes who have given their lives in service to their country, and here are some great ideas to help you commemorate it!
1. Decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers
This one is tradition, and Memorial Day wouldn’t be complete without the flags that grace the graves of the fallen U.S. soldiers. Another Memorial Day tradition is flying the American flag at half-mast from early morning until noon. If you have a flag pole, you can do the same thing as well.
2. Attend a Memorial Day ceremony
The ceremonies may vary depending on where you are located, but you might want to take the time away from your picnics and BBQs to attend a parade or a ceremony being held in honor of the nation’s fallen soldiers. Some events have a memorial service at the end, so you might also want to stay for this part of the ceremony.
3. Express your gratitude to a veteran
Our soldiers risk their lives every day for our country. Let them know how much you appreciate what they do by saying, “thank you”! Memorial Day was established to commemorate those who have fallen, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to show our appreciation to these heroes who are still in our midst. So if you know a veteran, why not write a Thank You letter? Or better yet, you can opt to send care packages to those soldiers who are currently deployed on their mission.
4. Join the National Moment of Remembrance
No matter where you may be, you can join the National Moment of Remembrance by joining the nation as it pauses for 1 minute at 3 PM. This is a nationwide pause established to ensure that the holiday remains a noble one.
5. Buy a poppy and help fund programs for veterans
Your purchase can go a long way to help fund programs created to care for the nation’s veterans. If you wish to play a role in maintaining state and national rehabilitation for the veterans, then you can buy a poppy from members of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars).
At Roupp Funeral Home, we honor and celebrate the lives of those who have already passed. Whether it be through a memorial service or a customized keepsake, we do what we can to ensure that the memories of the people closest to our hearts live on through the years. Veterans or not, our deceased loved ones have played a special role in our lives--one worth commemorating in the days, months, and years to come.
Click here to learn more about our veteran memorial services, or how we can help you commemorate the life of a loved one.