Remembering Those Who Served
Many people consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of the season. This year, we celebrate the holiday on May 26. Many families will heat up the grill, head to the mountains or take in a big blockbuster movie. But Memorial Day has the word “memorial” in it for a reason.
The holiday was created to honor the many American men and women who died in military service. This focus on those who made the ultimate sacrifice sets it apart from Veterans’ Day, which honors all military veterans, living and dead.
It is customary to mark Memorial Day by visiting graveyards and war monuments. One of the biggest Memorial Day traditions is for the President or Vice President to give a speech and lay a wreath on soldiers’ graves in the largest national cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia. Here are some ways you can honor the men and women who serve our country:
– Put flags or flowers on the graves of men and women who served in wars.
– Fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until noon.
– Visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, sailors and marines.
– Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
– March in a parade.
Front Range Hospice and all its employees send our thanks and gratitude to the families of our fallen soldiers.