Today America celebrates Memorial Day. American’s generally think of today as a day for barbeques, camping, and many consider it the unofficial beginning of summer. While it may be all of those things, it is so much more. This holiday gives us a wonderful opportunity to remember those who have given the “last full measure of devotion” so that we can enjoy living in a free land. In our home, we also express gratitude for those who still serve.
Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas:
- Fly the flag.
- Memorize the National Anthem.
- Learn the anthems for the various branches of the military.
- Listen to marches composed by John Philip Sousa. If possible, attend a performance where military pieces are being played.
- Locate a local memorial for those who have served and take flowers or a wreath to place beside it.
- Attend a parade.
- Know a veteran or someone currently serving in the military? Make them cookies, a nice meal, or thank you card.
- Some municipalities have programs in the morning or at sunset to mark Memorial Day or to retire old flags. Attend as a family.
- Read some poems or stories about those who have served. The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, O Captain, My Captain, or Nathan Hale are just a few examples.
Have a fun and safe Memorial Day and enjoy time together as a family!