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Five Ways to Commemorate Memorial Day

US Inspect is a home inspection company with a heart. Here's an article they put together with suggestions of how you can honor Memorial Day, and from the folks at 365 Houston, here are some events taking place today.

This weekend many will commemorate Memorial Day. Yes, it’s a day that many of us view as the official beginning of summer, marked by picnics, BBQs, and relaxing with friends and family. But Memorial Day was established to give us a time to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

In addition to picnics and BBQs, here are five great ideas for things we can do around our homes and towns to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend.

  1. Attend A Ceremony. Many towns have parades and ceremonies on Memorial Day and some events even conclude with a memorial service. Take some time from prepping for BBQs or relaxing with friends and family to take advantage of what your town has to offer.
  2. Decorate with Flags. For many years, it has been a tradition to decorate graves of fallen soldiers with flags on Memorial Day. Another tradition is to fly the flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. If you have a flag pole, consider joining the tradition this year.
  3. Thank A Veteran. While Memorial Day is a time for remembering and honoring our fallen soldiers, it’s also a wonderful time to thank soldiers past and present who are right here in our midst today.  Many of our inspectors are veterans – thank you for your service. Don’t know a veteran or want to do more? Write a letter to a veteran or soldier! Check out OperationGratitude.com for more information about writing letters or sending care packages to soldiers currently deployed.
  4. Participate in our National Moment of Remembrance. In an effort to ensure Memorial Day is the sacred and noble holiday it is intended to be, the National Moment of Remembrance asks all of us to pause for 1 minute in an act of national unity wherever we are at 3 PM local time on Memorial Day. .
  5. Buy A Poppy. During the days leading up to Memorial Day, members of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) accept donations for poppies. The poppy’s significance to Memorial Day derives from John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Fields.” Disabled and needy veterans in VA hospitals have been assembling Buddy Poppies since 1924. Purchase a poppy and your donation assists in maintaining state and national rehabilitation and service programs for veterans.

From 365 Houston:

Sunday, May 28, 2023

  • Memorial Day Golf Cart Procession in Downtown Galveston | FREE – VFW Post 880 leads this golf cart procession that honors fallen veterans through the streets of downtown Galveston, followed by a flag presentation and ceremonial playing of “Taps.” 11am to 1pm.
  • Memorial Day at Town Green Park in the Woodlands | FREE – Kick off summer with this annual patriotic celebration that honors the military service of those who sacrificed most for the United States. This evening celebration features a commemoration ceremony, live music and crowd favorites from Rapture, children’s activities, strolling entertainment and a fireworks show. 5pm to 9pm.
  • Patriotic Concert at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – In honor of fallen servicemembers, this free concert in Sugar Land offers a program of music that salutes a love for America. 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2023

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