Memorial Day is a national holiday in the United States dedicated to honoring and remembering those who died while serving in the military. It is a time when many people pay tribute to service heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country’s liberties. It is also the unofficial start of summer, as it is the last Monday in May, and the time of year when temperatures begin to rise. Remember to consider the weather when planning activities, and to encourage everyone to remain hydrated and use sunscreen if they will be outside for an extended amount of time. Here is how you can celebrate memorial day in your retirement community.
Raising the Flag
The American flag is the most patriotic and symbolic sign of commemorating those who lost their lives for our country. A flag-raising ceremony is a terrific way to start Memorial Day. Ensure that the flag is flown at half-staff until noon, then at full-staff until dusk.
Staying Silent for a Minute
Bring the entire community together for a “National Moment of Remembrance.” Come together at 3:00 p.m. local time for a one-minute moment of national unity. Consider giving a brief tribute at this moment, followed by the playing of the bugle called “Taps.”
A Patriotic Barbecue
Take advantage of the great weather by hosting a red, white, and blue picnic in the community. Everyone can enjoy hot dogs, melons, and ice cream while wearing patriotic colors.
Create Memorial Day Holiday Crafts
Patriotic crafts are a wonderful Memorial Day pastime. All you need are a few simple craft items to inspire people’s patriotism and creativity. Paint pots and plant spring flowers in them, or make a Patriotic Star Wreath!
A Visit to a Military Cemetery
Did you know that Memorial Day was once known as Decoration Day, as it was a day when people would decorate the graves of dead soldiers? Organize an excursion for the residents to visit a local military landmark or soldier’s grave if you’re searching for something to do outside of the neighborhood.
Shop from Businesses Owned by Veterans
Another approach to honor Veterans on Memorial Day is to express your support for them. Visiting a veteran-owned company on Memorial Day (or any day, for that matter) is a fantastic way to say thank you for your service, whether you want to eat out or shop.
Wear a Poppy
On Memorial Day, pinning the traditional red flower to your jacket is a simple yet impactful gesture to honor the sacrifices made for our nation.
Check Out a Documentary
A documentary about veterans can help you understand the sacrifices that military troops make and the dangers that they face.
Watch a Parade
The majority of small towns and communities hold a Memorial Day parade to remember those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. If you’re going to watch, make sure you have your flags ready to wave to those marching.