Memorial Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect, remember, and honor the American soldiers who have died during active duty. Here are some ways to honor our fallen heroes:

Visit a Cemetery or Memorial

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.

Pause at 3PM

A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

Flying the Flag at Half Staff

On Memorial Day, the flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon only, then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset, in honor of the nation’s battle heroes.

Wear a Flower of Remembrance

Following the events of WWI, The VFW adopted the poppy as its official memorial flower in 1922. Read the story here.

Provide Financial Support for Families of the Fallen

If you are inclined to give, the USO and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) provide financial and emotional support to bereaved spouses and children of troops who have died serving their country.

However you choose to observe Memorial Day, we would like to wish you good health and happiness in the company of loved ones.