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Ways to Honor our Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day

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Lifestyle Improvement

Posted On: Jun 03, 2015

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With all of the picnics and parties and ringing in of the warmer months to come on Memorial Day, it can sometimes be all too easy to forget the true meaning of the day. But there are plenty of things you can do this Memorial Day to honor those who sacrificed everything in service of their country. Looking for some ideas? Here is a list of ways you can contribute in both big and small to honor the memories of those lost to war.

 

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  1. Pause and reflect. The simplest thing you can do is to honor a fallen solider is to pause and reflect at 3:00pm on Memorial Day. According to the National Moment of Remembrance Act of 2000, every American should pause and reflect for one full minute at 3:00pm local time, no matter where they are.
  2. Help a veteran visit a memorial. Make a donation to Honor Flight, a non-profit organization that helps veterans visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Or you could volunteer your time to help veterans in your area visit a local monument.
  3. Support a local parade. If you happen to be a local business owner, ask your town’s event planner if there is a way you could donate to or have your business sponsor this year’s Memorial Day parade.
  4. Help a vet tell his or her story. Hometown Heroes is an organization that collects the stories of veterans and their service. Their website allows users to submit stories and images to create a database of those who have served. Others can also search this database to find long lost friends who served along with them.
  5. Visit a VA Cemetery. Visit a VA National Cemetery for the Memorial Day Ceremony. This is a traditional method of recognizing service that everyone can do. For a list of VA National Cemeteries, visit their website at cem.va.gov.
  6. Help out military families. If you know someone who has a family member currently serving overseas or who has lost someone they love, offer your time to help them out. Mowing their lawn or helping them run errands can go a long way to show your gratitude. If you would like to donate to an organization that helps military families, consider the National Military Family Association.
  7. Visit a park. If you’re close to a historical park or battlefield that played a role in the Revolutionary War or Civil War, take a guided tour and learn about our national history while honoring those who fought there.
  8. Watch a concert. The National Memorial Day Concert will be broadcast on Sunday, May 25th from 8:00pm to 9:30pm ET on PBS. The concert will feature groups such as the U.S. Army Chorus, U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, and the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants.
  9. Simply say thank you. Whether it is a family member or a friend you know who served or someone along a parade route or other event, politely stop them and briefly thank them for their service to their country.