Its Not Just a 3 Day Weekend…

Memorial Day isn’t just an opportunity for a barbecue or beach trip. It’s a day 20171007_150300 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. A great way to honor these men and  woman and to show appreciation for our freedom  is to join in one of the many events happening around the bay state.

How can I honor them, you say??? Here are a few ideas that you could easily fit into your weekend.

  • You could attend one the many parades or ceremonies that are taking place (Billerica’s parade starts at 10am on Monday)
  • You could volunteer to place flags at the headstones of veterans (Billerica is meeting at Fox Hill Cemetery at 9am on Sat the 25th)
  • 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 (Bedford VA is not that far!)IMG_20110911_113442
  • 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.

 

You can find/search special events in your area here – https://www.massvacation.com/explore/holidays/memorial-day/

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.

What Is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

When Is Veterans Day?

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  • Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States.
  • In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
  • Great Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).
  • In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.

Veterans Today

The military men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and are an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the veteran population of the United States:

  • 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war.
  • 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • 2 million veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
  • 5.5 million veterans served during the Persian Gulf War.
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 558,000 are still alive.
  • 2 million veterans served during the Korean War.
  • 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • As of 2014, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • As of 2014, 3 states have more than 1 million veterans among their population: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.6 million) and Texas (1.7 million).
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.

 

Find Out Where You Can Be Apart Of Veterans Day Celebrations

What Is Memorial Day Weekend???

 

Memorial Day isn’t just an opportunity for a barbecue or beach trip. It’s a day 20171007_150300 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. A great way to honor these men and  woman and to show appreciation for our freedom  is to join in one of the many events happening around the bay state. 

How can I honor them, you say??? Here are a few ideas that you could easily fit into your weekend.

  • You could attend one the many parades or ceremonies that are taking place (Billerica’s parade starts at 10am on Monday with a ceremony at the WWI/WWII Monument on the common)

  • You could volunteer to place flags at the headstones of veterans (Billerica is meeting at Fox Hill Cemetery at 9am on Sat the 26th)

  • 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 (Bedford VA is not that far!)

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  • 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.

 

You can find/search special events in your area here – http://archive.boston.com/yourtown/specials/memorial_day_events_around_boston/

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.

8 Small Ways To Honor Those Who Gave All This Memorial Day Weekend

​Memorial Day is set aside as a holiday in our country to honor those that gave their lives in the service of our 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.
Here is a list of some possibilities that might get you into the proper spirit to honor those that gave all so that we could just live our busy lives without much interruption.

 

  1. 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.
  2. Donate to a Charity that supports our Veterans.
  3. Buy a Poppy from a VFW member. Here is the story of How the Poppy Became the Symbol of Memorial Day
  4. Attend a Commemorative Service. If you are squeamish, skip this one. I want to paint you a picture. I would like to remind you of something I came to learn about our soldiers as they are laid to rest. They are buried in full dress uniform of the service branch they are a part. Irrespective of the condition of their body, imagine opening their casket and seeing the young man or women wearing the honor and pride of the country they served. Connect with this and it will help you better remember the significance of this day. They gave it all so we didn’t have to. We owe them so much, it could never be fully repaid. Their grave sites are not some unknown marker, these are real men and women, most often our finish youth, that lay there.
  5. Volunteer at a VA Hospital or a local USO branch. Volunteerism to help those that were willing to sacrifice their lives is a small price to pay. We all need to do more to make the lives of those that were saved in battle just a little less burdensome.
  6. On Memorial Day at 3:00PM, as a nation, we honor the sacrifice of the valiant men and women who gave all. Please take a minute at that exact time to honor them. As you do, hear the sound of the Taps played to symbolize “The day is done, Rest in Peace”.
  7. Go to a National Cemetery or even your own local cemetery and be a part of honoring the Veterans who grace these hallowed grounds.
  8. Teach your children. This might be one of the easiest tributes to do. Educate your children about this day and what it means to all of us as patriotic citizens of the United States of America. Help them keep the spirit of honor and sacrifice that these men and women made that our freedom and pride in our nation continues to grow and is not stifled by neglect. 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.