Memorial Day 2015 is this Monday the 25th, and most of us have plans for the holiday weekend. It’s that time of year again to bear in mind that we live in one of the greatest nations on the planet only because time and time again brave men and women have been willing to fight and die for our freedoms that we sometimes take for granted.
There are many different ways to show respect for those who have died serving our country. Whether you’re visiting a national cemetery or gathering with friends and family, take the time to remember and honor the fallen veterans who died during military service. Here are a few other things you can do to observe Memorial Day: fly a US flag at half staff until noon and then raise it to the top until sunset, fly a POW MIA flag, provide public decorations like yellow ribbons, and take part in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00pm.
This Memorial Day we should all remember what this holiday actually means even if we don’t all agree on how to go about honoring it. Obviously, you don’t have to listen to Taps, the 24-note bugle call, on repeat all day. Hopefully we will remember that on Monday, in between hanging out with family and friends, heading out to the lake, and firing up the grill, if even for a fleeting moment, we will all hit the pause button and realize that this is not just a day off from work or school. For that passing moment, keep in mind that our fallen heroes chose to put their lives on the line for our future and honor them by remembering their sacrifice.