It’s not just a 3 day weekend

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Fort Devens Post Cemetery

Memorial Day isn’t just an opportunity for a barbecue. It’s a day  honoring American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

We all live busy lives and while we know Memorial Day is important, doing even little things to commemorate the day often alludes us.

How can I honor them, you say??? Well this year it will be a little different, Many parades and flag placing have been cancelled due to the current pandemic, however here are a few ideas that you could easily fit into your weekend.

  • In lieu of not being able to attend a parade, visit one of the many memorial sites in your town. (There are multiple in the town of Billerica!)
  • In Lieu of not being able to volunteer at flag placing on graves at the cemetery, you could still visit your local cemetery, walk among our fallen and personally honor and thank them.
  • You could stop what you are doing at  3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day which is the official National Moment of Remembrance.
  • You can wear a red poppy as they are known as a symbol of remembrance and it is a tradition to wear them to honor those who died in war.
  • You can donate to a charity that supports our veterans
  • You could volunteer at a local VA hospital once restrictions allow (Bedford VA is not that far!)
  • Or simply display your flag! Fly our Red White and Blue Banner in pride. The colors are symbolic. The White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and the Blue above the stripes signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.

Freedom and Liberty will always have a price and it has been paid in blood by so many. It continues to cost the lives of those so eager and willing to pay for it. That cost must be honored lest we may each have to pay an equal price.

Your Guide to May

Mark your calendar with these important dates.

Cinco de Mayo

Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? It’s not just an excuse to eat tacos and sip margaritas. Today commemorates Mexico’s victory over French invaders at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.


Mother’s Day

Caretaker, problem-solver, everyday superhero: To be called Mom means all this and more. Show your gratitude to the moms in your life today!


International Nurses Day 

Looking for a way to say thank you to all the nurses working so hard during the pandemic? Have lunch or snacks delivered to your local hospital to show your support.


National Barbecue Day 

Fire up the barbie and enjoy a meal on your deck or in your yard. Did you know that grilling means cooking for a short time over high temps, while barbecuing involves longer times and low temps?

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

People with disabilities encounter barriers every day, not just in the physical world, but online too. You can help change that by raising awareness for accessible online design.


Memorial Day

Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.

The month of May is a special time to honor the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Here are four ways you can show your appreciation for active service members, veterans, and military families this month:

From letters to baked goods to personal care products, sending a care package is a way to share a little piece of home with service members who are currently deployed overseas. Check out nonprofits like Operation Gratitude or Soldiers’ Angels to get started.

When military parents are deployed or injured, it can put an emotional and financial strain on the family, especially kids. Consider donating to grant and scholarship programs like Our Military Kids or ThanksUSA, which help military children through these hardships by providing access to sports, arts, and educational opportunities.

Whether it’s cutting the grass or cooking a meal, there are veterans and military families in your community — and possibly in your own circle — that could use a helping hand.

Actions may speak louder than words, but words speak volumes, too. If you know someone who has served or is currently serving, take a moment to say thanks for their bravery and sacrifice

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Today is Earth Day!

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed most of our Spring plans, Celebrating Earth Day doesn’t have to be one of them.

This years Earth Day marks the 50th Earth Day celebration and there are many things you can do by yourself or as a family
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Here are 10 things you can do at home to celebrate and support Earth Day this year:

  1. Get outdoors Working from home is great, but staying inside all day can be monotonous. To help break up your day and boost your mood, breath in some fresh air by going for a hike, walk, or run during your lunch break or in the evening with the whole family.

  2. Work in your garden Digging your hands in the soil is good for not only your physical health, but your mental health as well. Welcome the spring season by planting native plants, fruits, and vegetables.

  3. Start a compost pile Composting your food waste will reduce the amount of waste you send to a landfill, and once it fully decomposes, you’re left with incredibly rich fertilizer you can use in your garden. 

  4. Build or purchase a rain barrel Collecting all the runoff from our many rain showers will give you an abundance of free water to use to water your plants.

  5. Plant a tree Native trees and shrubs help provide food and habitat for pollinators, birds, and other critters. Planting trees can also be a great way to engage and educate the whole family.

  6. Clean up Take a stroll around your neighborhood and take a trash bag and gloves with you so you can clean up debris along the road or sidewalk. 

  7. Stay home and learn Reducing the amount of time we spend running errands, driving to work, etc. plays a significant role in reducing our carbon footprint. While you’re home, learn with www.epa.gov/earthday

  8. Build birdhouse or bird feeder Share your home with all of the Earth’s creatures by building a birdhouse or bird feeder out of recycled materials, such as an old wood scraps or milk jug, to help out your local avian population.

  9. Brainstorm energy-friendly ideas for around the house Cut back on energy waste and come up with a list of ideas that will make your home save energy this Earth Day, such as switching to LED bulbs, turning off the AC when you’re not home and other simple, energy-efficient ideas.

  10. Go on a nature scavenger hunt  Learn about local flora and fauna this Earth Day by searching for flowers, plants and trees native to your region around your neighborhood. Look for a regionalist list of native plants online to help guide your search!