Saturday, May 28, 2011

Not Just a Three-Day Weekend

"Any Nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure."

~Abraham Lincoln

A recent poll found that only 28% of Americans know why we have this three-day weekend at the end of May. This was a national poll, and I heard it on the morning news this week, so I don’t have the citation. You will have to trust me.

While Memorial Day will always mark the kick off of summer and the BBQ and season, our country has forgotten the meaning and purpose of Memorial Day, to honor our soldiers lost in war.

We are lucky to live in a country where our personal liberty and freedoms are protected by a brave and selfless military. Here are some ideas of things you can do on Memorial Day do to remember those who died protecting our county as well as honor our veterans and active military throughout the year.

  • Take flowers or a flag to a soldier’s grave.
  • Visit a military museum.
  • Volunteer with an organization that provides service to veterans.
  • Make care packages for active military serving oversees.
  • Donate items for military families at home. Diapers and children supplies are always needed. If you live near a military base, help with or organize a clothing and food drive.
  • Wear red, white, and blue.
  • Observe a moment of silence at 3 p.m., the “National Moment of Remembrance” and explain to your children why you are doing it.
  • Educate yourself about the issues that are affecting our veterans.
  • Say thank you when you see a uniformed soldier.
  • Pray for our military, veterans, POW/MIA.
  • Enjoy your life- go to a ball game or grill in the backyard while remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice so you could enjoy yours.
  • Fly your flag!

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend friends!

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1 comment:

  1. hope you don't mind but i totally linked to you today. this is a great list.
    i CANNOT believe that ONLY 28% of Americans know why we have this holiday. that is re-donk-u-lous!
    happy memorial day to you and your family.