And we can honor their families. Each has a unique and special story. And they will always have a tender place in their hearts and lives left by the loss of their loved one.
President Reagan described Memorial Day as "the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It's a day to be with the family and remember."
Below are some meaningful ways to observe Memorial Day (with links to helpful and inspiring resources). Please select one or more that will be meaningful for your family.
Reflect on the Significance of Memorial Day
- Learn about the history of this special day.
- Read a Memorial Day Proclamation or a special Memorial Day tribute.
- Watch an inspiring presentation like The Price of Freedom.
Attend a Memorial Day Parade
Take your family to a local Memorial Day parade. You can find one in the U.S. Memorial Day Parade Directory. Talk with your children about the price that has been paid for our freedom, and why it is important to honor those who have sacrificed to keep our country free.
Visit the Cemetery
Many communities have a veteran's cemetery or a memorial for those who have fought for our country. Talk to your children about the price of freedom. Teach them that not everyone can or should serve in the military, but each of us has a sacred duty to give our time and effort to preserve liberty in America.
Write a Letter
Do you know a family who has lost a loved one serving in the military? You could write them a letter of gratitude for their sacrifice for our country. If they live close by, you could invite them to dinner, or visit them and express your appreciation for their service and sacrifice. You could take them a card, flowers, or a small gift. Just knowing you are thinking of them and are grateful to their family could be a blessing for them.
Have a Special Campfire Commemoration
Build a campfire and gather around for a special family time. Share with your family your feelings about Memorial Day and those who have given their lives for our country. Share your feelings about America and why it is a country worth living for, and a country worth dying for. Take time to share inspiring stories from your family heritage. Children could read or recite special Memorial Day quotes. Sing a favorite patriotic song or two. If you want, you could roast hotdogs or marshmallows, make s’mores, or serve other refreshments.
The Price of Freedom
We are free each day because of those who have paid "The Price of Freedom."
(Click here to watch all of this Inspiring and powerful presentation.)