Memorial Day is a special day set aside to remember and honor our fallen heroes. Though we can never repay those who have given their lives for our country, we can honor their memory. And we can honor their families. Each family 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 the ones that will be best for your family.
Reflect on the Significance of Memorial Day
- Learn about Memorial Day and its history:
* Origin of Memorial Day -- CBS This Morning
* Memorial Day Special -- Mormon Tabernacle Choir (See below.)
* President Trump's 2017 Memorial Day Proclamation
-- Unite in prayer (11 AM local time)
-- Observe the National Moment of Remembrance (3 PM local time)
- Watch and discuss The Price of Freedom (Inspiring musical tribute.)
- Watch films that show the sacrifices made by those who have defended our freedom, like:
* Taking Chance
* The Unknowns
* Hallowed Grounds
* Hacksaw Ridge (Rated R: Not appropriate for children. Incredible true story.)
Attend a Memorial Day Parade
Watch the live broadcast of the National Memorial Day Parade on Memorial Day at 2 PM EST or take your family to a local parade. Google "Memorial Day events near me" or look 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 a Cemetery
Many communities have a veteran's cemetery or a memorial for those who have fought for our country. Visit a cemetery you. Find headstones of those who served in the military. Express your gratitude for the noble and selfless sacrifices made for America, and 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. Knowing you are thinking of them and are grateful to their family could be a comfort for them.
Have a Special Campfire Commemoration
Build a campfire and gather around with family and friends for a special time of remembrance. It could include a few of the following activities:
- Share your feelings about Memorial Day and those who have given their lives for our country.
- Express your love for America and why our legacy of liberty is worthy of sacrifice.
- Discuss what you can do for our country.
- Tell a story or two of our Memorial Day heroes.
- Take time to share inspiring stories from your family heritage.
- Help your children read or recite Memorial Day quotes.
- Sing favorite patriotic songs. One of my favorites is To Be American.
- Have a barbeque. Roast hotdogs, make s’mores, or serve your family favorites.
You don't have to be fancy or perfect. Just let your loved ones know how much they mean to you, and what an awesome heritage they have. With a little good humor, and patience, less than perfect times can become happy memories and a source of strength and inspiration for years to come.
The Price of Freedom
We are free each day because of those who have paid The Price of Freedom.
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