Regardless of what most people think, Memorial Day is not about getting drunk, having a BBQ and getting an extra day or two off work. Instead, Memorial Day is designed to celebrate all who have gone before us and given their life to defend our freedom. It’s a day to remember those great folks who made the ULTIMATE sacrifice to protect our great country.
And while it’s fine to spend time with your family, drink some beer, cook out and relax, I think every living American should do something patriotic to remember these brave patriots. Therefore, here are 7 ways to celebrate Memorial Day.
1. Donate Money to Veteran’s Organizations
One simple thing you can do is donate money to a veteran’s organization. There are many to choose from. Even if you could donate just $10, it would make a big difference.
2. Do Something Nice for a Widow/Widower
If you know someone, or know of someone who lost their spouse in combat, do something nice for them. Buy them dinner. Send them flowers. Or just pay your respects to them.
3. Say a Prayer at Meal Time to Thank These Patriots
I’m not the most religious type of person myself, and I’m not sure if you are or not, but maybe you could say a prayer or give a moment of silence with your family during your dinner meal on Memorial Day.
4. Visit a Military Cemetery/Traditional Cemetery to Pay Your Respects
You could take your spouse and kids to a local cemetery and look at grave sites. You could stop by five or ten veteran’s grave sites and say a quick prayer or give them a moment of silence, or just say thank you.
5. Fly the Flag
If you don’t already fly a flag at your home, you could go out and buy one and start flying it TODAY. This is a great way to celebrate Memorial Day and show veterans that you appreciate their service.
6. Teach Your Kids What Memorial Day is Really About
You could have a sit down discussion with your children (if you have kids) and teach them what Memorial Day is all about. You can teach them the importance of honoring veterans who gave their life to protect their country.
7. Put Flags At Graves
One of the best things I ever did as a Soldier was put flags at veteran’s graves during Memorial Day weekend. You could buy 5-10 small flags and put them next to a veteran’s grave at your local cemetery.
In summary, Memorial Day is a very important holiday. It’s a day to remember those who died during military service. As an American, you should be grateful for your freedom and you should do something on this special day to honor and remember those patriots.
What are your thoughts? What do you do to celebrate Memorial Day?