Memorial Day – Six Ways to Remember and Honor Our Veterans

God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.  ~  James Matthew Barrie

Most everyone will be taking a ‘trip’ this weekend – to place flowers on the graves of loved ones and dear friends. 

Memorial Day is not only the unofficial beginning of summer – picnics, vacations, sunshine and down-time – it’s also the one weekend of the year dedicated to memories.  

It’s important to rememberthat the holiday is intended to honor those who gave their lives in service to our nation. Here’s an excerpt from http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

As you plan picnics, visit ancestors, and share your weekend with friends and family, take a few minutes to honor those who have preserved our lifestyle and heritage across the generations.

  • Attend your town’s Memorial Day observance.  
  • Take a flower from the bouquets you’re placing and put it on a veteran’s grave.  
  • Say a prayer for the soldiers and families who are currently serving around the world.  
  • Make a donation to a troop support project like USO or Support Our Troops.  
  • Ask a veteran about their experiences. Many of those vital memories are lost with the deaths of our veterans.  
  • Walk through the cemeteries that you visit, and take a moment to appreciate the history and heritage preserved in those sacred grounds.

 Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Happy – and safe – travels …

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