Americans will celebrate Memorial Day on May 28th this year. Memorial Day is a holiday designed to honor military personnel who have died in service to their country. The holiday was initially called Decoration Day and originated at the end of the Civil War as people began paying tribute to fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with fresh flowers. Over time, Decoration Day became Memorial Day — a federal holiday designated to honor military personnel who have given their lives in defense of their country.
Today, people celebrate Memorial Day by sharing festive activities with family and friends. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the company of loved ones, we should also remember to pay tribute to those who have died. Here are a few ways you can show respect to fallen soldiers on this memorable occasion.
Many cities hold Memorial Day parades to honor military personnel and veterans. By participating or watching these parades, you can show your support for those who give their lives in service to their country.
You can visit your local cemetery and place fresh flowers or a flag on the graves of military personnel who have died. This is a tradition that dates back to the Civil War era and helps us remember the sacrifices our military personnel make for our country. If you know someone who has lost a member of their family in military service, you can also send them flowers on Memorial Day in honor of their sacrifice.
While together with family and friends, take a moment to remember a fallen soldier by sharing a memory of their life or making a toast in their honor. This gives you a chance to commemorate their service and sacrifice.
Observe a Moment of Silence
Congress has initiated a “National Moment of Remembrance” to encourage Americans to remember those who have died in military service to their country. By observing a moment of silence from 3 p.m. to 3:01 p.m. with millions of Americans across the country this Memorial Day, you show your support and respect to soldiers worldwide.
The tradition of placing flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers began at the end of the Civil War. In 1915, Lt. Colonel John McCrae, an army physician, wrote the poem “In Flander’s Field” after visiting a grave site of thousands of soldiers who had died in WWI. The grave site was covered with wild poppies. Shortly after the poem was published, the poppy became the national symbol to represent fallen soldiers in battle. By buying and wearing a poppy flower, you can show your respect for our fallen heroes and support service men and women around the globe.
Understanding the history of Memorial Day is important when celebrating the occasion. To celebrate life to the fullest in your golden years, call 310-278-9720 to schedule a tour of Beverly Hills Carmel retirement community today. We look forward to meeting with you!