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Dated: May 20 2016
There are certain holidays within our culture that we generally take time to recognize, reverence, and reflect upon the significance of the day or occasion we are celebrating. Unfortunately, there are likewise different holidays that the majority of people within our culture view as only a day off work and a perfect chance to have a BBQ. Let's be honest, no one is against having a day away from work, and I'll be the first to admit that having a BBQ with family and friends is enjoyable; however, let us likewise ensure that on these two holiday's, we always remember, under-appreciate, or take for granted those men and women who sacrificed and even gave their lives for our freedoms and opportunities.
The ideas below are for families and people everywhere to ensure that Memorial Day and Veteran's Day are fun and enjoyable, as well as significant:
Significance of Holiday: Mostly importantly, take no less than 30 minutes and think about, learn more about, talk about, and express appreciation for the importance of this holiday.
Flags: Display flags, and preferably at half-staff. Have a flag ceremony, and learn about the significances and history of the flag. Learn additionally how to fold the flag.
Attend Holiday Events: Attend the Memorial Day and Veteran's Day Parades, Community Events, Readings, or the Performances and Celebrations for that day.
Honor at Cemeteries: Visit a neighborhood burial ground and respect relatives or military men/women who have passed away.
Thank Service Men and Women: Write 'Express gratitude toward You's' - in preparation, locate either older veteran's in the community, or currently serving military men and women from your community - and keep in touch with them Say thanks to them for what they did (or are doing).
Visit D.C: Experience Memorial Day (and Veteran's Day) at the National Memorials in our country's capital, Washington D.C.
Holiday History and Stories: In readiness for the holiday, gather significant family stories, well know historical stories/occasions, quotes, poems, songs, stories - and simply spend a couple of minutes remembering and respecting the individuals who gave their lives for your freedoms.
Visit historical Spots: Go and visit a nearby historical spot, a military base, a military graveyard, or exhibition hall.
Honor Those Still Living: Spend part of the day with a grandparent, older aunt/uncle, or even a close elderly friend or neighbor. Offer a supper, play games, and spend time with them to respect and express gratitude toward them. Likewise, make inquiries and write their history to provide for their decedents.
Have Some Fun: And, in addition to giving the proper respect and honor to this date and these hero's, spend time as a family. Have a BBQ, play games together, and just spend time with loved ones.
I grew up in Broward County, Florida close to Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Toward the end of my senior year of High School my family moved to Barnegat, New Jersey where I met my wife Maryellen. We have 5 kid....
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