Memorial Day is a special day in our country when we honor and remember those who have died while serving in the military. While many of us regard Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer, it is critical that we assist our senior residents in honoring this day and remembering those who have died. Of course, you should still plan your Memorial Day cookout – who doesn’t want to have fun eating together? – but also consider including some of these more themed activities in your Memorial Day schedule.
Poppy Flowers: Since World War I, red poppies have been used as a way for people to mourn the loss of soldiers in the line of duty, and they have been known as the universal remembrance flower. Did you know that you can also contact your state’s Veterans of Foreign Wars headquarters to purchase artificial red poppies through the Buddy Poppy Program, which is run by disabled veterans in veteran hospitals.
National Moment of Remembrance: At 3 p.m. local time, all Americans are asked to observe a moment of silence in memory of those who died while serving. Consider planning a brief tribute that includes a moment of silence followed by the playing of the “Taps” bugle call during this time.
Flag Raising: The American flag is the most recognizable symbol of Memorial Day. On Memorial Day, consider holding a flag-raising ceremony. Please keep in mind that on Memorial Day, the flag should be flown at half-staff until noon, when it should be raised to full-staff until sunset.
These are just a few Memorial Day activities we love. We encourage you to come up with your own. And remember: however you spend the holiday, make the most of this opportunity to remember, give thanks, and spend time with those you care about.