Memorial Day is thought of as the start of summer for many. A lot of you may travel to the beach or throw some burgers and hot dogs on the grill in the backyard. It’s a fun weekend full of friends and memories. However, it’s also important to remember what the day truly represents.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those men and women who died serving the United States. These heroes sacrificed everything they had so that we may live freely. Those fallen soldiers loved their country so much that they put their lives on the line for the people of America.
It’s safe to assume that most people have a parent, sibling, relative, or friend that have served in the military at one point. It’s also safe to assume that most people have known someone that tragically lost their life while in the armed forces. Losing a loved one in the armed forces is absolutely heartbreaking and there’s really no way to put into words the effect it can have on someone.
There are different ways to honor these admirable men and women on Memorial Day. Most towns hold Memorial Day parades or memorial services for these fallen soldiers that you can attend. If you have flag pole, it is custom to fly the flag at half-staff from dawn until noon in remembrance. You can give donations to veterans funds or buy poppies to assist in supporting the health and well-being of our veterans. There is also a national moment of silence (usually 3 PM local time) where you stop what you are doing and give a moment of silence.
While Memorial Day is specifically made to remember those who have lost their lives, I believe that it’s also a great time to thank the soldiers of past and present for their honor and commitment to this country. It’s important to show our appreciation to our soldiers because without them, who knows what the state of our country would be in.
So by all means, have fun this Memorial Day. Enjoy some time in the sun and good food with friends. Just remember the true meaning of this day. Take some time to honor those fallen soldiers. If you happen to see a veteran out where you are, make sure to say thank you and maybe buy them a beer. They deserve it.
To all those who lost their lives in service of this wonderful country, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.