Remembering our Heroes: Paying your respects on Memorial Day
Across the country this Memorial Day, families will enjoy backyard barbecues, pool parties, picnics or long-weekend road trips. For some, Memorial Day represents the official start of summer, and school children everywhere welcome it as a sign of another school year coming to a close.
The real meaning of Memorial Day, though, is to remember and honor those men and women of the armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for our freedom. Originally called Decoration Day for the tradition of placing flowers or flags on the graves of fallen soldiers, the Memorial Day holiday dates back to the American Civil War.
Today, there are many ways you and your family can incorporate the true meaning of the holiday in your Memorial Day celebration, while still enjoying the day and each other. Consider one of these ways to pay your respects on Memorial Day:
This Memorial Day, incorporate the true meaning of the holiday in your family celebration by remembering the sacrifices made by our military heroes. As you enjoy good food, friends, family and the start of summer, take a few quiet moments to think about and be thankful for the lives that have made a lasting impression on your own.