Memorial Day is for remembering, honoring
May 23, 2012
If you are planning to avoid the traffic, save the gas expense and enjoy Memorial Day close to home this weekend, there are some simple ways to honor the men and women from the United States military who died in military service to their country.
- Display a grand ol’ flag at your home (remember to put it out again for Flag Day, June 14).
- Visit a national cemetery where volunteers have decorated each gravesite with a U.S. flag. The Tahoma National Cemetery is located east of Kent on 158 acres. Noteworthy is the Memorial Walkway containing 23 memorials that commemorate soldiers of various 20th century wars. A Blue Star Memorial to honor all veterans is located north of the Public Information Center.
- Attend a special service and presentation of the colors by local Veterans of Foreign Wars. In Issaquah, the VFW will hold a service at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28 at Hillside Cematery. The Redmond VFW will hold a ceremony 11 a.m. at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 1215 145th Place S.E., Bellevue.
- Some Americans use Memorial Day to also honor any family members who have died, not just servicemen and women.
- Plant a flower or a tree in honor of a family member.
- Say thanks to a living veteran.
- Make a commitment to volunteer to assist veterans in need. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs has many ways to help; visit www.volunteer.va.gov.
- Take time to learn a little about the holiday and its Civil War roots.
While most enjoy the three-day holiday, Memorial Day is so much more, and is especially poignant while our country is at war.
Soldiers are still fighting in far-flung corners of the world for the liberty that affords us a carefree day in the park, chowing down on barbeque or watching the Indianapolis 500 — what most of us will be doing this weekend. It’s okay, veterans can be remembered there, too.