When planning Memoral Day Weekend, it’s easy to focus on food and family while forgetting about the true meaning of the holiday.  This year, I’ve decided to start a new tradition by taking carnations to a local cemetery and letting my children place one on each fallen soldier’s grave that doesn’t have a flower.  This is a way for us to never forget the ultimate sacrifice our soldiers and their families made.  Here’s a list of some other ways to observe Memorial Day.

  • By visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
  • By visiting memorials.
  • By flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.
  • By flying the ‘POW/MIA Flag’ as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).
  • By participating in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps  to be played.