Summary: There are many ways to celebrate Memorial Day. Some you do each year. Some you have thought of, but not gotten around to doing. Some you might not have thought of, but will find reward when you do them.
(1) Personally help those in our armed forces, active duty and retired
These service agencies are there for our troops when they need help. When they’re traveling, on isolated bases (especially during holidays), when injured, when returned home with disabilities, and on a thousand other occasions. Supporting them is a great way to celebrate the sacrifice of those who died while serving in America’s armed forces.
(2) Hire a veteran
Thousands of men and women are leaving the service — some voluntarily, some not — now that our wars wind down and DoD’s mad overfunding gets cut (except for the funds going to military contractors). Give our vets a helping hand.
(3) Force Congress to better fund care for Veterans
There is no excuse for underfunding care for veterans. Many will require long-term care. Persecuting the VA officials attempting to spin gold from straw does not help. Write your Representative and Senators! Tell them to fix it now.
(4) Stop our vain wars
Let’s add no more chapters to American history about wars that do nothing for America, like Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It’s a democracy. We bear full responsibility, collectively, for sending our troops into harm’s way — for what they do, and what happens to them.
(5) The basics: ways to celebrate Memorial Day
Don’t forget the usual things to do on Memorial Day. Visit cemeteries to place flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes. Visit war memorials. Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon. Join or cheer a parade!
For More Information
- The origin of Memorial Day.
- On Memorial Day let’s admit what we’ve done to America & begin its reform.
- A speech by President Lincoln at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on 19 November 1863.
- John Quincy Adams gave us sound advice about foreign interventions in his speech at the House of Representatives on 4 July 1821.