Honoring Our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

By Leslie Moore

While Memorial Day has become synonymous with the beginning of the summer season and all the fun to be had over the next three months, it actually has a much more solemn purpose. Here are a few things you could do this Memorial Day to honor the true meaning of the day.

1. Wear or display a red poppy

Now a widely recognized memorial symbol for soldiers who have died in conflict, the red poppy tradition grew from the World War I poem, “In Flanders Field,” by Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. The poem refers to the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers in the lines.

2. Pause at 3 pm

In accordance with the National Moment of Remembrance resolution, which was passed in 2000, pause from whatever you are doing at this time to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom to all.

3. Read the original Decoration Day proclamation

Less than 500 words in length, Logan’s proclamation,officially titled General Orders No. 11, is a sobering call-to-duty for all U.S. citizens.

4. Watch the National Memorial Day Concert

Broadcast live from the U.S. Capitol Building’s West Lawn, the National Memorial Day Concert has become a memorial service for the entire nation. Featuring the National Symphony Orchestra as well as military bands and choral groups, the concert is a moving tribute to the fallen and their families.This year’s concert takes place on Sunday, May 27th at 8 p.m.and is broadcast on PBS.

5. Display the U.S. flag

Do you have an American flag for your home? Since Memorial Day is a day of national mourning, fly the flag at half-staff from sunrise until noon to commemorate those who have died. The flag is raised back to full staff at 12 pm to honor living veterans.

6. Attend a parade

There are several parades planned in our area. Don red, white and blue clothes, bring a small flag to wave, and join in the tribute.

7. Make a financial donation

Many veterans agencies and national organizations are always in need of financial support.

8. Pray for the fallen and our nation

Attend a religious service at your church or spend some time praying for the souls of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice,for their family members, for our country’s future and for peace in the world.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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