Remembering the Fallen

As we all know this weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer. We get to enjoy a long 3-day weekend which is perfect timing to break out our grill and enjoy some beginning of summer festivities. This year is a little different with COVID-19 but I still would like you to take a moment and remember the true meaning behind this holiday weekend. Every last Monday of May, we celebrate an American holiday called Memorial Day. Memorial Day is to honor and mourn the military men and women who have died in the service defending our country. So, by all means go out and enjoy the weekend but also take time to honor the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Sadly, with the current pandemic, we can’t participle in our annual events. A few other ideas are taking a trip to a veteran's cemetery and place flags, visit a battlefield, raise your flag, explain to your children the meaning behind the holiday, make a patriotic craft, or wear a poppy flower.

There are endless possibilities even with social distancing that you can do.

A tradition that my husband and I do is participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. At 3 pm, we stop whatever we are doing or eating and stand in silence. We started this after my husband deployed for the first time and have done it every year since. The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 2000, to have a moment of silence at 3 pm locally to honor the military men and women of the united states who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.

Something that my family is doing this year is the Taps for Veterans Event. Because of the current pandemic, most of the Memorial Day ceremonies, parades, and other activities have been canceled, Taps for Veterans come up with this amazing way to still honor our fallen.

Simply go online to sign up, print the note for your neighbors to join, download the Taps, and stand united in your driveways at 3 pm. It is not only a great way to honor those who died defending our country but also a way to remember those who have died of the COVID 19 virus.

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