As you’re gearing up for your weekend getaway or prepping the grill for a backyard barbeque, keep in mind that Memorial Day means so much more. It all started after the Civil War, when Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, ordered “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country.” Since then, the last Monday of every May has been dedicated to the purpose of honoring fallen soldiers. Take some time out this weekend to pay your respects! Here are 5 ways to say Thank You to Veterans:
1. National Moment of Remembrance
A simple yet meaningful way to honor our lost servicemen and women is to pause wherever you are at 3:00 pm local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence. In your own way, reflect and remember the soldiers that have given up their lives for our country.
2. Attend a Memorial Day Parade
Heading to the nation’s capital on Monday? Pay your respects and have some fun by volunteering or participating in a Memorial Day Parade! If you have never been to Washington, DC before, this is a great way to take in the sights and sounds of the city while honoring a great cause. The parade will include marching bands, floats, service members, and much more. If you’re planning to stay local this year, check out all of the Memorial Day events being hosted right here in the Twin Cities region.
3. Send a Thank You Letter
Memorial Day is for remembrance, but why not send a thank you letter to a soldier currently serving? Check the website for drop-off locations and send a heartfelt, appreciative letter to our troops. Tell them a little about yourself, and include your email address if you wish to get a response back. You can also elect to include a donation!
4. Visit a National Cemetery
The VA has over 100 National Cemeteries across the nation, including Fort Snelling National Cemetery right here in Minneapolis. Take a visit to be part of the most traditional way to recognize Memorial Day. Bring flowers and small flags and honor the dead with a moment of silence and a respectful walk along the grounds.
5. Give back to our Wounded Warriors
A great way to give back to our military is by volunteering with the Wounded Warrior Project. You can donate your time, money, even a social media post to spread the word about the project! One fun way to honor our troops with the WWP is to go for a run with Charity Miles. The app is free in both the Apple and Android marketplace. Each mile you run, walk or bike, the app automatically donates to the WWP! Whether you want to take a slow stroll or go on a vigorous 10-mile trek through the woods, Charity Miles makes it easier than ever to donate to the WWP. Grab your friends, and show your appreciation in a big way.
These are just some of the ways you can recognize Memorial Day this upcoming Monday. Whether it’s through donation, participation, or a minute of reflection, remember the real reason we all get a three-day weekend!
On behalf of all of the entire team here at MN Home Living, we want to give a big THANK YOU to Veterans everywhere. Your service does not go unrecognized, and we are forever grateful.