Since our country’s earliest days, brave men and women have given their lives to protect America’s safety and values. The ultimate sacrifice is so named because it is the greatest possible example of service over self.
On Memorial Day, we recognize and remember those people and their loss, and we offer comfort to the loved ones they have left behind. Although for many people, Memorial Day is a day off and the unofficial start of summer, for others, it is a solemn day of mourning and remembrance.
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But Memorial Day is not about the living. It’s not necessarily a day to say “thank you for your service” to men and women in uniform or veterans; in fact, it may be painful for some who survived combat while their close friends and members of their company or unit did not.
There are many ways to honor Memorial Day that respect our fallen men and women and their families, as well as pay tribute to their ultimate sacrifice on our beloved country’s behalf:
Attend Memorial Day services in your community. Cities, counties and states honor local and regional heroes who have given their lives in service with parades, White Cross ceremonies, moments of silence and days of community service.
Fly your American flag. On Memorial Day, flags are lowered to half-staff.
Visit a national cemetery or local memorial and reflect on the service of the fallen.
Learn the stories of your community’s heroes; often, public libraries and historical societies will contain records about local men and women who lost their lives in battle. Share stories about their heroism with your family to build a deeper understanding of your community’s contributions to American history.
Reach out. Your friends and family members who have served in the military may approach Memorial Day with mixed feelings, including sadness or anger. Let them know they have your support.
We hope everyone reading this has a peaceful and reflective Memorial Day.