Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 31 this year. The holiday is often thought of as the unofficial start to summer and a day to enjoy pool parties and barbecues. And while we certainly encourage everyone to enjoy themselves this weekend, we think it’s important to also remember what the day is about. So we’ve gathered up some great ideas about how you can remember America’s fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend.
Shop businesses owned by veterans
One of the best ways to show your support for our veterans is to shop at veteran-owned businesses over the holiday weekend. Not sure where to find a veteran-owned business in North County San Diego? Then check out this fantastic website that lets you search by your location to find veteran-owned businesses in your area.
Visit a veteran’s cemetery
Memorial Day is the day we remember those who have given their lives in service to our country. What better way to honor them than to visit a veteran’s cemetery? There are two veteran’s cemeteries in San Diego — Miramar National Cemetery and Fort Rosencrans National Cemetery. You can also search online for a veteran’s cemetery near you.
Donate Memorial Day flowers
If you aren’t up for a trip to the cemetery, then you can still honor their memories by donating flowers. The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation and its volunteers will place your flowers at one of 40 cemeteries across the country. Visit their website to find out how to make your donation.
Volunteer for a veteran support organization
There are many ways you can help veterans on Memorial Day and throughout the year. Whether you’re building homes, visiting VA hospitals, or helping a veteran prepare for a job search, you can make a big difference in the life of a veteran. You can search for veteran support organizations online to explore all the ways in which you can help. If you’re not able to help in person because of the pandemic, then you can also make a donation to one of their worthy causes.
Have a moment of silence
Did you know that at 3 pm local time on Memorial Day our nation observes a one-minute moment of silence to commemorate those who have served? While it’s not a widely-practiced tradition on Memorial Day, the National Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress in 2000 and is a simple way to pay your respects.
Write thank-you cards to veterans
Are you looking for a great way to observe Memorial Day with your kids to teach them what the holiday is all about? Then have them write thank-you cards or create care packages for service members stationed overseas. Visit A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude to get started.
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