This Memorial Day, we want to celebrate military veterans by sharing the true meaning of this beautiful holiday. It is our hope at Morguard, that we can honor those men and women both past and present. We also hope to share some fun ideas to celebrate this holiday with family and friends.
Remembering The Beginning
Many lives were lost in the Civil War, which devastated families and friends across the United States. In present day, soldiers’ lives are still lost in protection of democracy in America. For this reason, we take one day out of the year to honor them.
“We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance.” - General John Logan
Shortly after the end of the Civil War, recently freed slaves and Union soldiers participated in one of the first recorded Memorial Days in U.S. history. They reburied over 250 soldiers, sang, gave flowers, and read over their new graves. In May 1868, Memorial Day was first recognized as a holiday by General John Logan. Many believe that he adopted the idea from women who laid flowers and prayers at soldiers’ graves. States all over America recognized the holiday, but it was focused mainly on the Civil War. After World War I, it became a day to recognize all fallen soldiers in all wars. It is also a day to honor those still serving as an active member of the military.
How To Celebrate
Many look forward to this holiday for the extra day off of work, the backyard bbq’s, and kicking off summer. However, there is so much more you can do to honor this day and those who’ve served the United States. One of the first and simplest things you can do, is to participate in the federally recognized moment of silence. At 3 p.m. (in your respective time zone), everyone in the U.S. is encouraged to take a moment to honor fallen soldiers. If you’re looking to do a little more, here are some fun ideas you can try out.
Volunteer: Many veterans face homelessness, or financial and health difficulties. Volunteering at a home, shelter, or social services location, can go a long way. You can also volunteer by serving widows or widowers and children who lost a spouse or parent. Serving and giving back is an amazing way to say thank you.
Decorate: Make it known at your Morguard home that you celebrate members of the military. You can do so with flags, banners, and ribbons to show that honorary spirit.
Commemorate: Visit a cemetery and place flowers or flags on the graves of those soldiers who have gone before you.
Events: Many towns or cities celebrate Memorial Day with a parade or some sort of community event. Get out there and get to know the veterans and current military members of your community.
Let us know how you celebrate Memorial Day in your Morguard home using the hashtag #MorguardMemorialDay. Also, share photos on our social media platforms of your hero who served or is serving in the United States Military.