Observing the Day
Observed on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day honors men and women who died while serving in the US Military. Some in the military community feel that the day has become diluted over time, as it also unofficially marks the unofficial beginning of summer.
While Memorial Day traditions often include family gatherings, barbecues, parades, the opening of community pools, and the running of the Indianapolis 500, there are also traditional options for observing the official meaning of the day.
- Memorial Day has a specific flag tradition, where the American Flag is flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon, and then it is raise to full-staff until sunset in honor of the nation’s battle heroes. Read More.
- Inspired by the poem In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae, many wear red poppies in observance of Memorial Day. The VFW adopted the poppy as its official memorial flower in 1922. Read More.
- Many families visit cemeteries to place flags or flowers on the graves of those who died while serving.
- 3:00 PM is the “National Moment of Remembrance” which is an opportunity for all to observe, in their own way, a moment of remembrance and respect, by pausing for a moment of silence or listening to “Taps.” Read More.
The day as a whole doesn’t have to be a somber occasion, but consider adding a tradition to your Memorial Day to honor the sacrifice of those who died serving our country.