WHY do we have Memorial Day anyway?
What does your family do? Do you visit graves? Do you have a picnic? Do you celebrate in any special way at all?
If not, it’s a great time to start a new tradition! Click over to the next page and I’ll give you some ideas on the proper way to display a flag, when Memorial day started and MORE….
First lets talk about the Flag. Do you know HOW it’s supposed to be raised and lowered? Here is the correct way:
On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country.
At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
When did Memorial Day become a National Holiday anyway?
Memorandum to the nation on May 2, 2000
As Memorial Day approaches, it is time to pause and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contribution they have made to securing our Nation’s freedom, we should honor them especially on Memorial Day. In this time of unprecedented success and prosperity throughout our land, I ask that all Americans come together to recognize how fortunate we are to live in freedom and to observe a universal “National Moment of Remembrance” on each Memorial Day.
This memorial observance represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms.
A few ideas of how to celebrate this holiday’s true meaning:
Read a story of history about a battle for our freedom Watch a documentary about a leader, or a war, that was vital for our life today Visit graves of deceased soldiers Say a prayer for our soldiers and military serving us today Provide or organize a project for “Adopt A Soldier”. Click HERE for information.
At 3pm, your local time, is the official time to observe a moment of silence, or the playing of “Taps” We are incredibly blessed as a people, and nation, to live in a country of opportunities and independence. Freedom always comes at a cost – someone paid the price. As we celebrate this day, may we pause to recognize, appreciate and say a prayer of gratitude for those who have valiantly sacrificed, to allow us the liberties we enjoy today as citizens of this great nation. What a wonderful day to remember this great gift, and ponder ways we can live to improve life for all.
For an beautiful and quick outdoor cemetery DIY grave decoration, that can also be a door wreath, click HERE. On this post there is also information on how to easily clean a grave marker.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2016
Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.