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20 May 2018

4 Ways to Give Back this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is swiftly approaching so before the weekend filled with fun in the sun begins, we wanted to encourage our lovely Altar’d State guests to help us #StandOutForGood by taking a moment to give back and honor the true meaning of this holiday.

Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971 and was created as a day to honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. While it may feel similar to Veteran’s Day, this holiday is more of a day of remembrance for those we’ve lost than a celebratory day.

To honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, here are some ways that you can give back this Memorial Day:

Memorial Day is swiftly approaching so before the weekend filled with fun in the sun begins, we wanted to encourage our lovely Altar’d State guests to help us #StandOutForGood by taking a moment to give back and honor the true meaning of this holiday.

Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971 and was created as a day to honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. While it may feel similar to Veteran’s Day, this holiday is more of a day of remembrance for those we’ve lost than a celebratory day.

To honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, here are some ways that you can give back this Memorial Day:

1. Have a Moment of Silence or Pray for the Families of Fallen Soldiers

When you’re gathered with your loved ones this Memorial Day, a simple way to honor the brave soldiers we’ve lost is to have a moment of silence. This traditionally happens at 3pm on Memorial Day, but taking a moment at any time during the day is a nice way to pay homage. You can also take time to pray with your friends and family before your festivities begin. Either option is a nice way to show respect and only takes a few minutes.

2. Place Flags or Flowers on Veterans’ Graves

Another way to give back around Memorial Day is to place flags or flowers on the graves of soldiers in your local community. This simple act is a great way to pay your respects and is even something you could do year-round to honor our veterans. Some cemeteries also need people to volunteer to raise and lower the flag each day, so you can contact your local veterans’ cemeteries to see if that’s something you could help with throughout the year.

3. Donate Your Time or Money

Whether you want to donate time or money (or both!) there are plenty of great charities to partner with to help honor fallen soldiers, the families of fallen soldiers and current veterans. The USO is a great resource to find ways to get involved. They even have an online gift catalog of items you can buy for current military members. If you’re looking for more hands-on volunteering, organizations like K9s for Warriors are wonderful options. If you’re not sure what to do in your community, you can also contact your local VA for information and ideas.

4. Write Letters to Active Duty Men and Women

One of the best ways you can honor soldiers who sacrificed so much is to honor our current military members. Receiving letters and care packages while stationed abroad can really help lift spirits and encourage the men and women of the armed forces who are protecting us every day. If you’re not sure where to start, visit Operation Gratitude for ideas on how to write letters and where to send them.

There you have it. Four easy ways that you can #StandOutForGood this Memorial Day and moving forward. We hope this has inspired you and we would love to hear how you’re making a difference in your community. Use #ASGiveStrength on Instagram or Twitter to share with us!

Memorial Day is swiftly approaching so before the weekend filled with fun in the sun begins, we wanted to encourage our lovely Altar’d State guests to help us #StandOutForGood by taking a moment to give back and honor the true meaning of this holiday.

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