For many families, Memorial Day welcomes the warmth and delight of summer with barbeques, parades and three days of fun. However, Memorial Day is also a time for honoring those who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. If you are looking to strike a balance between family fun and paying your respects this year, you can carve out ample time for both.
For instance, the weekend offers a perfect opportunity for catching up with friends and family, visiting a new park, indulging in a picnic, and enjoying that first family bike ride or pool trip of the season. The long weekend is perfect for celebration and relaxation alike.
You can blend in a moment of silence, a visit to a local cemetery or a donation to Memorial Day Flowers, a foundation that honors those who have served by leaving a flower at service members’ graves. The organization honored 400,000 heroes in 2018. The traditional moment of silence – the National Moment of Remembrance established by Congress in 2000 – is observed at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, but if that falls within nap time or other events, you can still share the history and meaning of Memorial Day with family members and observe a moment on your own.
Families can also take the time to learn more about veterans’ stories through Story Corps, which provides a platform for veterans, service members and their families to share stories and have their voices heard. Further, organizations such as Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to those currently serving, can always benefit from donations of time or money.
Just as families strive for work-life balance, weekends such as Memorial Day offer an opportunity to strike a nice balance between celebration and remembrance.
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