I ask you to take a moment - remember & honor those who paid for our freedom.
Please educate you and your family what this long weekend really means.
Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor. Remember and honor the fallen. Remember and honor who’s been left behind to carry on. Memorial day is not about the three-day weekend, blowout sales, parties, and BBQs.
Memorial Day is about those service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice, dying while serving in the military, and protecting our country, freedom and our rights.
Other Military Days of Observance
- Armed Services Day -Third Saturday in May - the day to honor those who serve in our military currently. Today approximately 1.29 million or .5% of Americans serving in active duty military. Click here to learn about the demographics of the current US military.
- Veterans Day - November 11 - the day to honor those who have served in our US Military. As of 2014 there were reported to be 22 million veterans in the U.S
May 5, 1868, Decoration Day, as Memorial Day, was originally called was established as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Take a moment to remember and thank those that served and died in their service while you enjoy your three-day weekend, shopping, a parade, a party, or BBQ.
How to honor the fallen heroes
- Fly the American Flag - click here to learn how to properly display the flag.
- Half-staff from sunrise to noon and then full staff noon to sunset.
- Volunteer and/or attend a Memorial Day ceremony, festival, fair, or concert.
- Place American Flags on each grave in national cemeteries.
- Observe a moment of silence
- The National Moment of Silence occurs at 3pm local time on Memorial Day.
- Visit a Memorial - find the visiting Vietnam Walls or other memorials.
- Donate to veterans and military support groups. For a list see resources below.
- Wear a red poppy
- The wearing of the poppy dates to 1918 and is called The Flanders Field Memorial Poppy in honor of those who died in World War I.
Imagine you’ve lost someone and now you’ve been called to attend a service or celebration to honor your loved one and other fallen. I can only imagine how this feels. I encourage you to allow and embrace the grieving process during Memorial Day.
For the grieving this can be a poignant and challenging time. Their loved one is no longer here and they are missed. Honoring them is a part of the grieving process. Embrace grieving that loss, however it may show up. The grieving process is a just that a process and it takes time. No one is ever over it, or gets better. The grief journey is deeply personal and takes its own path.Support those around you and allow grief to happen. However it looks. Embrace it and know its part of the journey.
See below for free resources and information on Memorial Day and Veterans Services.
I remember and honor all of those who have served before us and paid that ultimate price of death while serving in our military. I remember and honor the surviving families that carry on with out their loved one. Know you are loved & not forgotten!
I remember, honor and embrace you - with love and peace,
Teresa Q. Bitner - M.Ed., PMP, ACC - Resiliency, Change and Loss Specialist
Partnering with those who have been knocked down my life and want to build resiliency and move forward and live a bold life.
Author of Soul Love: How A Dog Taught Me to Breathe Again
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Memorial Day & Veterans Resources
Memorial Day Specific Information, History, Ways to Honor
- Information, resources, quotes - http://militarybenefits.info/memorial-day/
- History Channel - http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history
- Fast Facts - https://www.cnn.com/2013/05/23/us/memorial-day-fast-facts/index.html
- Poem - "BIVOUAC OF THE DEAD"
Veteran, Soldier, Family and Widow Support
- Stand Beside Them - Coaching for Veterans (Free & I am on the coaching bench)- http://www.standbesidethem.org/
- Charities Supporting Soldiers and Their Families:
- Society of Military Widows - http://www.militarywidows.org/home.aspx
- American Widow Project - http://americanwidowproject.org/
- Folds of honor - https://www.foldsofhonor.org/
- Torn in Half Resources - http://torninhalf.com/resources/
- Teresa's Resources - https://www.boldfulfilledlifecoach.com/resources.html