Ways to Honor the Fallen this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is this weekend – Monday, May 27th – and we think this is a great opportunity to talk about the true meaning of the holiday. While a long holiday weekend creates the perfect chance for a family road trip or a bbq with friends, the true meaning behind the holiday is much different than many think. Memorial Day is a holiday created to honor men and women who died serving our great country. Learn more about the holiday and unique ways you can honor those who’ve given so much.


The Meaning of Memorial Day:

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The holiday originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Traditionally people would decorate the graves of fallen soldiers on Memorial Day – which is where the original holiday, “Decoration” Day, stemmed from.

Ways to Honor Fallen Soldiers this Memorial Day:

Decorate Graves
As the original holiday name suggests, decorating graves of soldiers and family members who have passed is a popular activity for this holiday. Honor the service men and women who are no longer with us by taking flowers and other meaningful items to their grave. It’s a great opportunity to remember those who fought hard for our freedoms.



Attend a Ceremony
There are many Memorial Day celebrations across the country. Many towns come together to remember those who’ve given so much for our freedoms. Attending a ceremony can be an emotional and patriotic time, but it’s time well spend remembering the real meaning behind the holiday.

Moment of Silence
At 3:00pm, everyone is encouraged to participate in a moment of silence to remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. No matter what activity you’re doing with your friends and family, take a moment to remember the purpose of the holiday and remember those who’ve passed serving the United States of America.

Participate in a Parade
There are many Memorial Day Parades across the country. Washington DC and New York are home to two of the largest parades on this holiday. These parades will feature many military-themed participants and often conclude with a Memorial Ceremony.

How do you plan to celebrate Memorial Day this year? Our law center at the Lake of the Ozarks is closed to honor Memorial Day on May 27th.



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