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Show your support for our men and women overseas with the suggestions in these videos.
You Will Need
- Some personal reflection
- A flag
- A deed that honors fallen soldiers
Decorate a grave
Sponsor a thank-you bouquet through the National Memorial Day Foundation ("www.memorialdayfoundation.org":http://www.memorialdayfoundation.org). On Memorial Day weekend, your bouquet will be placed at war memorials on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
Adopt a grave
Ask your local schools to participate in an 'adopt a grave' program, in which each class is assigned to take care of a soldier’s grave by keeping it debris free and decorated with flowers.
Make a donation
Make a donation to a charity that supports the wives and children of soldiers killed in combat.
Fly a flag at half-staff
Fly an American flag at half-staff.
Visit a war memorial
Visit a war museum or memorial, such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C.
Attend a religious service
Attend a religious service and offer prayers for those who died protecting our country, as well as those who currently are in the armed services.
Pause at 3 p.m.
Take part in the 'National Moment of Remembrance' by pausing at 3 p.m. your local time to think about the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Lobby to reinstate May 30th as Memorial Day
Consider writing your congressional representatives, urging them to restore May 30th as Memorial Day -- rather than the last Monday in May. Many veterans feel that always observing Memorial Day on a three-day weekend is disrespectful.