This weekend is the unofficial start of summer.

Memorial Day has morphed into a weekend of fun cookouts and sales.

I am ok with all that.  But we also need to remember What Memorial Day is truly all about.

When I read this, I bowed my head and became a little sad.

A new survey found 57% of Americans don’t know that Memorial Day is when we honor FALLEN members of the Armed Forces who died in service.

That hit home to me because my Uncle Edward Denton gave his life during World War II.   I never got to meet him because he died in France just a couple of weeks after D-DAY.  So, this weekend I will say a little prayer of thanks for those who have given all.

The survey went on to report 83% of us think it’s important to do something to commemorate the holiday.  And we’ve got plans this year, even though 8 out of 10 people say they’ll have to do things a little differently because of the lockdown.

 

The top ways we’ll commemorate Memorial Day are by flying a flag . . . leaving a flag or flowers at a soldier’s grave . . . attending a patriotic event . . . flying a flag at half-mast . . . and visiting a monument or war memorial.

Here are a few more ideas to remember the original reason for Memorial Day

Fly the American flag . . . if it’s not already something you do EVERY Memorial Day.

Give your kids sidewalk chalk.  They can use it to make patriotic drawings or write thank-you messages to veterans on your sidewalk or driveway.

Donate flowers to a fallen hero.  Check with your local cemetery to see if they’re accepting Memorial Day donations during the pandemic, or donate to Memorial Day Flowers, which is an organization that coordinates placing flowers for interred veterans.

check out the TV specials.  The “Parade of Heroes”special will stream on Facebook on Monday morning . . . the “National Memorial Day Parade: America Stands Tall” special airs on the major TV networks on Monday afternoon . . . and PBS will air its annual “Memorial Day Concert” on Sunday night at 8:00 P.M. Eastern.

Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance.  At 3:00 P.M. on Memorial Day, we’re supposed to pause for a moment of silence for those who’ve died serving in the military . . . and take at least one minute to send love, prayers, and thoughts.

So, while you are enjoying the weekend in whatever way you do it just take time, a little time to remember.

I have another reason I celebrate Memorial Day.  The original day was May 30.   That is my birthdate.   So, if life is fair, I really should get cake this Monday and again on Saturday May 30th!