Honoring Memorial Day


Monday, May 20, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

By: Andrea Fanz

Here are six ways to Honor Memorial Day

Learn their stories

Listen to recordings from veterans and their families through StoryCorps oral history (storycorps.org/discover/military-voices) or pick up a military related memoir or other nonfiction book like The Fighters by C.J. Chivers.

Host a Potluck

At this year's weekend barbecue, encourage everyone to bring a dish that reminds them of a family member (military or otherwise) who contributed to America's freedom.

Donate Flowers

When you sponsor flowers through Memorial Day Flowers, the foundation's volunteers will lay your blooms and hundreds of others at veterans' grave sites in 40 cemeteries nationwide (starting at $5, memorialdayflowers.org).

Send Letters

Write thank you notes or put together care packages for deployed personnel and veterans through nonprofits such as a A Million Thanks (amillionthanks.org) and Operation Gratitude (operationgratitude.com).

Turn on the TV

The night before Memorial Day, tune into the National Memorial Day Concert, which includes documentary footage and dramatic readings that honor military service (May 26 at 8:00pm ET on PBS).

Take a Break

The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress in 2000, is a minute long pause meant to raise awareness of and commemorate those who served (3:00pm local time on Memorial Day).

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