Memorial Day heralds the unofficial start of summer. Many of us get together with friends and family over the long weekend. We host barbecues, we enjoy the opening of pool season, we head to the sales or to the beach. However, Memorial Day is much more
than the start of summer. It is a time to honor those brave men and women that sacrificed their lives so that we could live free. It is a time for commemoration.
There are many ways you can honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. Fly your flag at half-staff until noon and take time for a minute’s silence at 3pm for the ‘National Moment of Remembrance’. Ensure the history and the purpose of the day
is passed down. Sit down with your children and grandchildren and explain the meaning and history of the day. Give thanks at dinner for those that died so that we can live.
The US Memorial Day website suggests the following.
- Visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
- Visiting memorials.
- Flying the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).
- Participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance": at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.
- Renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
Up and down the country, events are running to commemorate the day. Locally, the following events are taking place:
- The Philly POPS Memorial Salute Concert, May 27, 7pm
- Memorial Day Carillon Concert, May 29, 2pm
- Historic Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade, May 29, 10am
- Downtown Media Memorial Day Parade, May 29, 10am
- Radnor Memorial Day Parade, May 29, 9.45am
- Norristown Memorial Day ceremony, May 28, 11am
- Lansdale Memorial Day Parade, May 29, 9am
- Gladwyne Memorial Day Parade and Block Party, May 29, 12pm
- Collegeville-Trappe Memorial Day Parade, May 29, 10am
- Lower Merion Memorial Day Parade, Concert and Service, May 29, 9.45am
- Springfield Township Memorial Day Parade, May 29, 9.30am
- The Malvern Memorial Day Parade, June 4, 1.30pm
- Phoenixville Kiwanis Club 25th Annual Patriotic Celebration, Friday 26, 9.30am
As well as The Philly POPS Memorial Salute Concert, there are a number of events taking place in Philadelphia. you can find the full details here >>>.
However you decide to honor the men and women who fell in the line of duty, we wish you a blessed and safe Memorial Day weekend.