Memorial Day is the day in which we collectively remember and honor military personnel who died in service of our country. Without the sacrifice of those brave men and women who risked and lost their lives we would not have the freedoms that we have today. It is a reminder of bravery, of loss, and a chance to honor all who have given so much. Additionally, it is a time to remember that those who died had families who suffered the loss of a beloved family member.
At 3pm this coming Memorial Day we are asked to take a moment of silence to remember those who died in service of our country. It is a brief act of acknowledgement for something that is in reality, enormous. Both Veterans Day and Memorial Day serve as our national reminders of the military personnel who have sacrificed their own safety and lives to serve our nation. There is a lot that each of us can do as individuals to better support these men and women. Last June, we were all inspired when actress Amy Adams made headlines by giving her first class seat to a soldier who was waiting to board a plane. More recently, Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson noticed U.S. Soldier Kane Bernas sitting in coach and upgraded him to first class. It is inspiring to hear that thoughtful acts like these are taking place and I believe there are more stories like this in which selfless acts of giving happen everyday, quietly without recognition.
A few ways to give:
• Share your Memorial Day stories with others here
• Donate airline miles to military personnel here
• Join the Wounded Warrior Project here
• Send care packages here
• Send a letter of support here
• Donate a stuffed animal to children in a military family here
I would love to hear from you. If you would like to add to this article about Memorial Day and what it means to you please do so in the comments section below.
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday,