There are many traditions observed on Memorial Day to honor our fallen soldiers.

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated in the years after the Civil War but became an official federal holiday in 1971. It is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country while serving in the U.S. military. There are many long-established customs observed on this day to honor our fallen soldiers, and some not so long-standing. Below is a list of 13 Memorial Day traditions for you and your family to consider this holiday.

13 MEMORIAL DAY TRADITIONS

  1. Patriotic decorations (front door, garden, car, etc.).
  2. Fly the American flag at half-staff until noon.
  3. Pause at 3 p.m. for the National Moment of Remembrance.
  4. Thank soldiers for their sacrifices.
  5. Visit a memorial.
  6. Learn about the American flag and what it symbolizes.
  7. Learn about veterans and why we should remember their service.
  8. Write thank-you notes to veterans.
  9. Craft your own Memorial Day red poppy or gladioli flower bouquet.
  10. Watch a patriotic movie.
  11. Call a soldier’s spouse or parent.
  12. Decorate soldiers’ graves with red poppy or gladioli flowers and miniature American flags.
  13. Make your own parade with American flags, homemade instruments, and red, white, and blue outfits.
American flag waving in a field on Memorial Day.

In observance of Memorial Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, May 31st, and will reopen on Tuesday, June 1st.

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