Memorial Day is the quintessential start of summer: hot days, picnics and barbecues, spending time with family while lounging around drinking iced tea. While that is true, it is also a day of remembrance. Memorial Day is often thought to be the same holiday as Veterans Day, but is focused on remembering those who have served our country and given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Memorial Day, the last Monday of May, is a day to reflect, remember, and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and officially started when President Lyndon Johnson declared Buffalo, N.Y. the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1966.
Whether you come from a military family, know someone who served, or have no affiliation to the U.S. military, you can celebrate the true meaning Memorial Day.
Great Ways to Celebrate
Decorate to your heart’s content
Adorn your yard and front door with patriotic decor and DIY crafts for Memorial Day! Pinterest is a great resource to see a lot of tutorials for wreaths, red white and blue snacks, lawn decorations, and crafts for you and your family to make for the military members in your life, your lawn, or just for fun!
Attend a parade or event
Chances are, your town or the one over, will have a Memorial Day parade, ceremony, or church service to honor our fallen service members. Check in with your local VFW post, community Facebook group, or your town’s community calendar to see if there are any ceremonies or events.
Visit your local military cemetery
VA national cemeteries will hold Memorial Day ceremonies, but every state does not have a VA cemetery. Through the VA’s website, you are able to search for military cemeteries by state if you are unsure of where one is near you.
From all of us at Medals of America, have a great and safe Memorial Day!