Memorial Day was first celebrated many years ago as a day to reflect on the lives lost during the United States Civil War, which brought more bloodshed to our own soil than any other event in U.S. history. Since then, the day has become a national holiday and a time for us to remember all American casualties of war. Here are several ways that you can use Memorial Day to honor lives that were lost:
Pause at 3:00 p.m.
In 2000, President Clinton signed into law the “National Moment of Remembrance Act.” Take at least one moment at 3:00 p.m. to reflect on all of the men and women who made sacrifices for us to have the freedoms that we enjoy in our country today.
Presidential Memorial Certificate
If you have a family member or family friend who is a deceased veteran, you can apply for a Presidential Memorial Certificate signed by the current president of the United States that honors your family member or friend for their service. Keep in mind that it may take several months to actually receive your certificate but the application process is fairly painless.
One of the most important things you can do is thank a veteran for their service or the family of a deceased veteran for their sacrifices made for this country and the freedoms you currently have. A simple “Thank you for your service!” can be a meaningful expression to a veteran or the family of a veteran who served.
We hope you’ll keep these important things in mind and enjoy your Memorial Day!