May 22, 2012
Memorial Day is for remembering, honoring
While most will enjoy the three-day weekend to mark the beginning of summer, Memorial Day is so much more. Memorial Day is set aside to honor the men and women from the United States military who have died in military service to their country.
This national holiday 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 barbecue or watching the Indianapolis 500 — what many of us will do this weekend.
It’s OK, veterans can be remembered while you’re having fun, but there are numerous ways to honor soldiers, too.
- Display a grand ol’ flag at your home.
- Attend the 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 Cemetery.
- Visit a national cemetery where volunteers have decorated each gravesite with a U.S. flag. The Tahoma National Cemetery is 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.
- Use Memorial Day to also honor 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. Let them know their service is appreciated.
- Volunteer to assist veterans in need. The Department 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, and then share it with a friend.