Moment of Silence
At 3:00pm local – no matter where you are– please take a moment to be silent and remember the fallen. It’s important to honor and recognize those who gave their lives so that we could sit peacefully at work, school, walk down a quiet street, and relax with loved ones.
“For just one full minute, Americans everywhere should pause to remember all the men and women who died in service to our country. The idea is to keep Memorial Day from becoming just another holiday,” Military.com reminds us.
Family History: Thank those close to you that have served
A lot of people that serve in the military come from a military family background– their Grandfather, their dad, aunt, their uncles, sister, cousin– their family loves the United States, and they want to be a part of that tradition in the most meaningful way.
If that’s part of your family legacy, take a minute to ask them about their time in uniform. If they’re comfortable sharing, then that’s a great way to honor the time they spent serving our country.
Visit A War Memorial
Embrace America’s courageous history as the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Take time to learn more about the battles we’ve fought to defend our freedoms and ensure our future peace.
Here’s a solid resource to get you started as you look for a Historical Memorial, as you look to learn more about our country’s past.
Be Grateful For Your Rights
We live in an amazing country, in an amazing time. Much of the peace and prosperity we enjoy, along with our ability to speak up when something is wrong is the result of the commitment of men and women that paid the ultimate price.
So, say a prayer, write a letter to your Senator expressing your opinion, and read a news article. And maybe the most important thing you can do is sit in peace and just appreciate the extraordinary gifts we all enjoy every day because of the courage of our military personnel sacrifices.
Honor the Flag
The first thing you can do is to make sure that you are flying your flag for Memorial Day. Showcase your patriotism. But remember that the rules for flags on Memorial Day are a little different: In the US we hang it at half mast until noon in accordance with honoring the fallen.
Finally, listen to this Memorial Day thank you speech to the fallen from President Ronald Reagan: