Celebrate this Memorial Day by honoring America's heroes.
Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the Civil War. Today, the American holiday honors all those who died in any war while protecting the freedoms of the United States citizens.
The total number of casualties in the last 7 major wars in which the United States has fought stands at 1,674,469. This year, take time to remember these heroes and do something new or out of the ordinary to show support for those who left us too early. Here are some patriotic things we can do on Memorial Day.
1. Set the flag at half-staff
Fly your home flag at half-staff in honor of our Soldiers.
Take cookies or books to the local VA. Many of the veterans in homes do not have families who visit them regularly. Memorial Day is the perfect time to volunteer and show your support for those who have fallen. While Memorial Day is about those who have died, it is always nice to show support for our Veterans also.
3. Go to a parade
Many communities celebrate Memorial Day with a parade. If you are looking for one near you, visit vetfriends.com to find one.
4. Observe the national Moment of Remembrance
The United States government declared a moment of silence to be observed each Memorial Day at 3:00 pm. Wherever you find yourself at 3:00 on this day, pause for a moment and see how people you can influence around you.
5. Show honor and respect
Visit a local Veteran's Cemetery. If you don't have a Veteran's Cemetery nearby, most communities have a war memorial of some type.
6. Have a cook out
Memorial Day for many families has become a reason to barbecue. The holiday has become the symbolic start of the summer. This is a great way to celebrate our honored Soldiers - just don't forget to include some red, white and blue.
7. Make a Soldier's Day
Craft with your kids and send the completed items overseas to a Soldier currently serving in the military.
8. Take time to reflect
Taking time to reflect through long hikes or strolls is another way you can show support and respect for all military. There is nothing wrong with a little self-reflection.
9. Watch a movie about history
When the day's activities settle down, enjoy a movie and learn some history. There are many channels that run historical movies all day. The History Channel and Military Channel have shows that can educate and entertain.
10. Pass it on
Maybe the most important thing you can do is teach your kids about the holiday. Teaching the next generation about the sacrifices for freedom is one of the most rewarding ways that you can celebrate this Memorial Day.