Memorial Day weekend is a fun time for most of us as we take out the grill for a good ole barbecue and splash around the pool while enjoying some beer and wine with our families and friends. Others may chill at the beach or go camping during this awesome three day weekend! Regardless of how we choose to spend this weekend, I’m positive that our fallen armed forces members want us to enjoy life. Before you head out to celebrate time with your loved ones, please also take time to honor and remember those who died in America’s wars.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, which stemmed from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags. We encourage all of our readers to visit a National Cemetery or a State Veterans Cemetery to keep the tradition of remembering the valiant men and women who have died serving our country. Just click on the following link to find a location near you. http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/listcem.asp
Remember those who served . . .
Put flags or flowers on the graves of men and women who served in wars.
Fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until noon.
Visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, sailors or marines.
Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3p.m.
March in a parade.
“We do not know one promise these men [and women] made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men [and women] and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
-James A. Garfield, May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery
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