While Memorial Day is usually marked as the start of summer, full of picnics and barbecues, it is more importantly a time for everyone to honor and remember the brave men and women who died while serving our country.
Here is a list of things you can do this Memorial Day weekend to remind you and your family of the true meaning of Memorial Day:
- Buy a Poppy
The red poppy is a symbol of remembrance to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. You may see veterans accepting donations for red poppies outside of your local grocery store. Proudly wear your poppy on National Poppy Day (May 28th) to kick off Memorial Day weekend!
For more information on the history of the red poppy, or to donate online, visit the Veterans of Foreign Wars website: https://bit.ly/3hFRohv. Your donation helps maintain state and national veteran rehabilitation programs.
Pictured Above: A “Buddy” Poppy given out by members of the VFW.
- Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance
Take a minute to pause and remember those who have died in service to the US at 3 PM local time on May 31st. This time was chosen as it usually when most Americans are out enjoying their freedoms on Memorial Day.
- Listen to Veterans’ Stories
If you aren’t able to speak to a veteran personally, pay a visit to The Military Voices Initiative. They give veterans, service members, and their families a platform to share their stories.
To listen, click here
- Attend/Watch a Memorial Day Event
The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is holding a virtual and in-person Memorial Day observance with free admission from 10AM-noon.
For more information, visit their Memorial Day page: https://www.dday.org/memorial-day-2021/