Over time, Decoration Day evolved into Memorial Day. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday celebrated on the last Monday in May each year.
Honoring Our Fallen Heroes
Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor all members of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice. We should reflect on their bravery and selflessness while acknowledging the immeasurable pain their loss caused their families.
The best way to honor our fallen heroes is by remembering them and their sacrifice. We can visit cemeteries and memorials, fly the American flag at half-staff until noon, or actively participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 PM local time.
Remembering the Fallen
Visiting cemeteries or memorials is one way to honor our fallen heroes. These solemn places remind us of those who fought for our freedom. Arlington National Cemetery, with over 400,000 gravesites of servicemen and women, stands as a poignant example.
In addition to visits, we can actively participate in the “Flags-In” tradition, where volunteers place an American flag at each grave marker before Memorial Day weekend.
The Importance of the American Flag
The American flag symbolizes our nation’s strength, unity, and sacrifice. On Memorial Day, we fly the flag at half-staff until noon to honor those who gave their lives. This act represents our collective grief and mourning.
After noon on Memorial Day, we raise the flag back up to its full height, symbolizing our commitment to ensure their sacrifices are not in vain. We will continue to fight for freedom and democracy.
Memorial Day is more than a day off—it is a sacred day to remember and honor those who gave everything for our country. It is our responsibility to ensure their sacrifices are never forgotten. We can achieve this by actively participating in remembrance activities, proudly flying our flags, and reflecting on the sacrifices made by our brave service members.
- What is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is a national holiday that honors and remembers those who died while serving in the U.S. military.
- Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?
We celebrate Memorial Day to remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country.
- How can I honor fallen service members on Memorial Day?
You can honor fallen service members by participating in remembrance activities, visiting cemeteries or memorials, flying the American flag at half-staff until noon, and reflecting on their sacrifice.
- What is the National Moment of Remembrance?
The National Moment of Remembrance is a moment of silence observed at 3:00 PM local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor those who died while serving in the U.S. military.
- How can I teach my children about the true meaning of Memorial Day?
You can teach your children about the true meaning of Memorial Day by reading books or watching documentaries about U.S. military history, visiting cemeteries or memorials together, participating in remembrance activities as a family, and discussing the importance of remembering and honoring those who sacrificed for our country