How to Observe Memorial Day

General John Logan, of the Grand Army of the Republic declared the first observance of Decoration Day, otherwise known today as Memorial Day on May 30, 1868.

In doing so, he stated, "... gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime … let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude … the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan." -- General Order No. 11, May 5, 1868

General Logan made clear the sacrifice of America’s fallen soldiers, but also made known the need for honor of those soldiers, families, friends, and other loved ones that are still here; to honor them in all of their bravery, service, and fortitude.

Here are a few ways you and your family can observe Memorial Day this year:

  • Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers, even if you don’t know them.

  • Visit memorials in your local area.

  • Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.

  • Fly the 'POW/MIA Flag.'

  • Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day.

  • Renew a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid disabled veterans.

(Source: U.S. Memorial Day History and Information on U.S. War Memorials)

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