How to Recognize Memorial Day as a Military Family

How to Recognize Memorial Day as a Military Family

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day was first observed as Decoration Day on May 30, 1868. This year, Memorial Day is on May 25. 

Memorial Day is a day that many families will observe and honor military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor our fallen heroes. Volunteers place American flags on each grave in national cemeteries in honor of our service members. 

You may be wondering about other ways you and your family can recognize Memorial Day.

This year, many of us will be in our homes and unable to gather in large crowds. But no worries, you can still recognize Memorial Day and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Watch Memorial Day events and celebrations online. There will be pre-recorded programs and virtual events taken place. You can learn about some of these here.

Do the Murph WOD as a family. This workout is named after Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. 

Set aside time and talk about what Memorial Day is and what it means to each family member. 

Honor past Veterans. Share photos and memories about past family members or friends who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting their country. Visit your local cemetery and place American flags or a flower on our fallen heroes graves. 

Pause for The National Moment of Silence. The National Moment of Remembrance was created by President William Clinton to observe a moment of silence to occur at 3:00 p.m. (local time) on each Memorial Day. 

Wear red poppies. When worn on Memorial Day, it is in honor of those who died serving the nation during war.

Display the American Flag. The U.S. flag is flown at half-staff from dawn until noon on Memorial Day. 

Traditionally, Memorial Day kicks-off summer for many. So why not light up your grill and have a cookout? This is an excellent time for family and friends to come together. This year, we may not be able to gather together, but we can chat with neighbors from our yards or schedule a time to connect with family via virtual connections.

How does your family recognize Memorial Day?

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