Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday, dedicated to all the men & women who died while serving in United States Armed Forces. This day is celebrated every year on the last Monday of the May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. There are many ways to celebrate the day, a few them are listed below:
Visit the local Cemetery: – On this day many people visit cemeteries and memorial to honor those who have died in military service. Many people place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on the weekend. This day is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season for cultural events.
Attend a Memorial Day Parade: – The three-hour parade passes alongside the National Mall on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets. The event is a magnificent salute to America’s Veterans and in honor of those who died in defense of our country — from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Memorial Day Parade is slowly fading into oblivion because of fiscal constraints and other entertainment options that are available over the long holiday weekend. Showing support by attendance at this event will not only honor the military veterans who are participating in the parade, but may also encourage public officials and civic organizations to continue their sponsorship of this important piece of Americana.
Give a lasting Tribute gift: – On this coming Memorial Day give a dignified memorial gift to the family of the fallen hero. Garden stones, benches, memorial wind chimes or frames engraved will be greatly appreciated by those who now must live without the one they loved. Perhaps the easiest way that we can show our appreciation for our fallen brothers and sisters is participating in the National Moment of Remembrance.
At 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, all Americans are requested to pause from what they are doing to reflect and appreciate the heroes of the armed forces who died defending our freedoms. In these seconds of united remembrance, the true meaning of Memorial Day can be genuinely appreciated by all Americans.
Celebrate the day with due respect and pay tribute to the heroes of our society who have sacrificed their lives to give us a better future. You can even spend the weekend by spending the day with your loved ones and sharing the different aspects of this special day.