Honoring Fallen Military on Memorial Day
Posted on May 22 2019
Next Monday, May 27th, celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day, which is to remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Beyond cooking out in your backyard and opening up your pool, there are a number of meaningful ways to commemorate this holiday and honor our fallen military heroes.
1. Pause at 3:00 pm. According to the National Moment of Remembrance resolution, passed by Congress in 2000, all Americans should stop whatever they’re doing at 3:00 pm (local time) on Memorial Day and pause for one minute of silence . This moment is “an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died in service to the U.S.”
2. Display the flag. Starting at sunrise, fly the U.S. flag at half-staff to remember those who died. Then, beginning at noon, raise the flag to full-staff to honor living veterans and active military.
3. Visit a cemetery. Until the 20th century, this day was known as Decoration Day, as citizens observed it by decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers. Now, many VA national cemeteries across the country hold ceremonies and events to show their thanks to those who died. In the Memphis area, everyone is invited to attend the 9th annual Memorial Day Observance at Memphis National Cemetery, where you can pay your respect to the flag-adorned graves of 42,000+ veterans.
4. Listen to the stories. Talk to your elders, whether that’s your parents, grandparents, neighbors, or others in your community, about their past military experiences. Perhaps they still mourn loved ones who lost their lives while fighting for our country. Take notes or record these recollections, which are absolutely priceless and should be shared with future generations.
5. Support the living. Show your appreciation to all of the living veterans and active military in your community. Offer to mow someone's yard or run an errand, or donate much-needed funds to military and veteran organizations, such as The Veterans of Foreign Wars. At Stash, we're offering veterans and active military an additional 10% off, only during our Memorial Day Savings Event.
This Memorial Day, go beyond having a summer celebration and, instead, remember the true meaning of the holiday. We hope that this post sparked some ideas for honoring those who died for our country and the freedoms we enjoy. Happy Memorial Day, everyone!