Arlington National Cemetary
Most of us relish having the day off work and the long weekend to have barbeques, family gatherings, eat watermelon, drink alcohol, go to the beach or park, and play Frisbee or other games. But we should take a moment away from the hot dogs and hamburgers and remember what Memorial Day is really for and while we’re at it, to make sure the kids know why they have the day off from school.
Originally called Decoration Day and celebrated on May 30th, Memorial Day is celebrated the last Monday in May in order to give everyone a three day weekend. It’s a day to remember those who died serving our country and paid the ultimately price for our freedom.
Here are a few facts about Memorial Day:
Many cemeteries place flags on the headstones of veterans for Memorial Day. If you wanted to volunteer some of your time to do this, I’m sure it would be appreciated.
Remember if you attend any parades to place your hand over your heart as the flag passes you.
Flags are flown at half-staff until noon to remember the fallen veterans and then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day to honor the soldiers who continue to fight for our liberty and our freedoms today.
This is something we can all do. At 3pm, local time, there will be a minute of silence to remember the veterans and those who have fallen in battle. This is nationwide and was started in May 2000. So take a moment from all your festivities to observe this important time and to give thanks for the freedom we enjoy here in the USA as a result of the sacrifices made by our soldiers.
Be safe everyone.
“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy