Remembering & Honoring Long Island's Fallen Soldiers This Memorial Day

Written by Kelly Tenny  |  19. May 2014

With Memorial Day Weekend right around the corner, you couldn’t pick a better time to reflect on, and honor, our fallen heroes.

These brave men and women who have risked life and limb for their country deserve to be remembered and commemorated. Here are a few different ways you can honor our Vets this Memorial Day.

Visit a Veterans Cemetery: A great way to show your appreciation for our fallen veterans is to take a trip out to your local Veterans Cemetery. Whether you bring along some flowers, or miniature versions of the U.S. flag to place on the headstones, be sure to have a moment of silence for our fallen heroes. Think of them and the sacrifices they have made for our country. If you are unsure about the location of your nearest National cemetery, you can find a list here on the VA's website.

Memorial Day Parades: Participating in or simply going to a Memorial Day parade is a wonderful, joyous way to show your support and pride for our veterans. Sport your finest red, white and blue attire, wave your flags up high and cheer away as a community to commemorate these brave men and women who gave their life for their country.

Say Thank You: Many of us know someone in the military who lost their life, and we also know the families they have left behind. Support the families of our fallen soldiers, say, “Thank you for the sacrifice you and your veteran have made.” Lend them a helping hand if you see them struggling, give them a hug when they need it, be available to listen to them and truly hear their story and their troubles.

Donate: If you can, make a donation to one of the many veteran organizations in the name of someone you’ve lost fighting for our country. Honor them and all those who came before, and after, who fought bravely and valiantly in the name of freedom.

Pass on the importance of the holiday: Whether it be by sharing a personal story about a veteran you’ve known, watching a special on TV, reading a story about veterans and Memorial Day, or even doing a Memorial Day themed craft, pass on the important message of Memorial Day to your children. Raise awareness of the sacrifices others have made that have enabled your children to live the lives they are living now.

Have any ideas of your own?
Comment and let us know how you plan to remember our troops this Memorial Day.

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