How to Honor Our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

by Christine DemosMay 21, 2015

How to Commemorate Those Who We’ve Lost

The Memorial Day tradition as we know it dates all the way back to at least the Civil War era. Over time, this day of remembrance has grown to include not just Civil War veterans, but also all of those soldiers who gave their lives in the line of duty. Let’s discuss some of the many ways we can honor our fallen fighters this Memorial Day.

Pay Your Heroes a Visit

Many of us have lost loved ones to military campaigns both recent and historic, but even those who have never lost a friend or family member to the theatre of war often have a h3 desire to pay respects to those who gave all they had in service to our great nation.

Decorating the graves of those killed in combat is one of the oldest Memorial Day traditions still alive. Flowers are a nice choice, as are small American flags, if you’re considering participating in the tradition. And if you’re honoring someone close to you, a card or personal memento can be a nice touch, as well.

Memorial Day Parades

Regardless of where you are, chances are good that there’s a Memorial Day parade happening somewhere near you. To locate the closest events, just do a quick online search in your town or city. You’re sure to find something fun and memorable not too far from home.

Memorial Day parades often feature equestrian groups, floral floats, marching bands, and members of the U.S. Military. Grand and patriotic, they’re a great way to remember our heroes and to get to know your neighbors at the same time.

Fireworks Displays

“And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air…” the explosions Francis Scott Key was watching when he wrote the poem that would become our national anthem served a very different purpose than the ones you’ll see at your local fireworks display. Thankfully, the latter are much safer to observe.

There’s something undeniably patriotic and inspiring about fireworks displays. If you’re willing to brave the crowds, you can probably catch an awe-inspiring pyrotechnics extravaganza somewhere near you.

The Indianapolis 500

For racing fans, the Indianapolis 500 is a very popular Memorial Day tradition. Since 1911, this famed automotive event has been held on the Sunday immediately preceding the holiday. If you’re fortunate enough to be in Indianapolis that weekend, try to get your hands on some race tickets. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of actually being there, feeling the roar of the engines in your chest. If not, you can always tune into the race on television and invite over a few friends.

Backyard BBQ

What could possibly be more quintessentially American than the backyard BBQ? The smell of grilling meat, the flavor of that closely guarded secret sauce, and the freedom to enjoy the company of friends and family in the sunshine are a few of the best things that make our great nation worth fighting for.

Get out the recipe book, fire up the grill, and invite over a handful of your very favorite people. After all, this is what America’s all about. Don’t forget to offer a toast to those who can’t be there with you!

Raise Old Glory

The traditional protocol for displaying the flag of the United States on Memorial Day calls for it to be raised to the top of the staff, then solemnly lowered to half-staff in remembrance of our fallen soldiers, and finally being raised to full-staff at noon, symbolizing the ongoing commitment of the living to continue the fight for freedom.

If you don’t have the sort of flagpole that will permit a half-mast display, don’t worry; it’s acceptable to honor our heroes by displaying the flag in the normal fashion on Memorial Day.

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Christine Demos
Christine is the Content Marketing Specialist for She's a small town girl at heart, who currently lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband and their fur baby. When she's not working, she enjoys cooking, decorating, traveling, and binge watching Netflix. As a proud Virginia Tech alum, she also loves cheering on the Hokies!