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Things to Remember While Celebrating Memorial Day

May 26, 2016 03:48PM ● Published by Tyler Hicks

This Memorial Day, while your soaking up some rays and cooking outside with your family, it’s important to recognize where the celebration all began. Between the bustle of working full-time and attending to children, it’s easy to forget that Memorial Day all began as a way to honor those who fought for our country, sacrificing their own lives so we can live together in peace.

Sharon Schweitzer, an internationally recognized etiquette expert, author and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, has some quick tips and suggestions for commemorating the decorated holiday to ensure that you and your loved ones are keeping Memorial Day’s main purpose in mind while celebrating the beginning of the sunny season:

Keep in mind the roots: Memorial Day's precursor, ‘Decoration Day,’ was regarded by the improvement of Arlington graves with a banner, bloom or flame. It was additionally respected by wearing a red poppy. Poppies, candles and banners are normally shown in groups throughout the nation at grilling events and pool parties.

Commend the present by inviting military or veterans: Honor Memorial Day in a way that resounds with your tribe. Welcome veterans or military to your occasion – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Save time to play Taps and have a minute of quiet with your friends and family. Support a nearby military parade. Compose letters to veterans with your offspring. Volunteer at your neighborhood VA. Give red poppy gifts to celebrate the holiday.

National moment of remembrance: President William Clinton founded the National Moment of Remembrance so that everyone takes part in an entire moment of silence at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day to remember those who fought for our country.

Visit a museum or monument: Memorial Day is the ideal time to stop by a neighborhood historical center or landmark respecting those who have shielded our nation. For instance, Washington D.C. is home to the nation's biggest parade on Memorial Day weekend. Arlington National Cemetery gives roses to guests to put on graves as they offer their regards.

Get the message out: Now that you have learned the bases of Memorial Day, share your newfound wisdom with loved ones. Thank a veteran, post on social media or welcome guests into your home to highlight the significance of the summer holiday.

Be thankful: Above all else, be sure to express your gratitude to not only veterans, but also to your friends and family. 

Numerous Americans have turned Memorial Day into a time for family parties and cookouts to ring in the official start of summer. Grilling, swimming and spending time with loved ones is important, but it is also necessary to recognize the true purpose of the holiday.


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