5 Ways to Honor Fallen Soldiers This Memorial Day
Every year, Memorial Day is a special opportunity to show our respect and gratitude for the men and women in the Armed Forces who died for our country. This year, here are five simple ways to honor these brave individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice.
1. Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00pm.
Take a minute to pause and reflect and remember those who gave their lives during the national moment of silence. If you're hosting a barbecue or party for friends, make it a tradition to stop the festivities for a bit and pay your respects.
2. Write a thank you note to someone in the military.
Even if you don't know anybody serving our country personally, writing a heartfelt letter is a great way to brighten the day of military members. Check out the nonprofit A Million Thanks to learn how to send a letter of appreciation.
3. Make a donation to an organization that benefits the Armed Forces and veterans.
There are many options to choose from, but some stellar options include the National Military Family Association, Warriors at Ease which helps heal service members, veterans, and their families through yoga, and Operation Homefront.
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4. Visit the grave of a fallen soldier.
You can locate a veterans' grave site near you through the National Cemetery Administration's Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery Listing here. If you can, bring flowers.
5. Attend a local Memorial Day Parade.
There are many ceremonies and parades across the country, so seek out a local event and go. Attending one of these parades is also a great way to connect with local veterans in your own community.