May 31, 2021
4 Simple Ways of Paying Homage to Our Fallen Heroes
Memorial Day is one of our country’s most significant holidays when we honor members of our military who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our lives and liberties. This is a federal holiday observed every last Monday of May. This year, it falls on May 31st.
Traditionally, flags are slowly lowered to half-mast to honor our fallen heroes. The flags are raised again to full height at noon to symbolize our nation’s resolve to carry on the fight for peace and freedom so our soldiers’ deaths won’t be in vain.
On this day, red poppies are also displayed in American homes to honor our troops who perished in battles.
Memorial Day is different from Veterans Day (November 11th), which honors all our veterans who served during the wars our country fought, whether deceased or still living.
The Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer in the country, with many people holding parties to celebrate the occasion. However, the pandemic has introduced new health protocols that discourage big events to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Get Back to Basics in Celebrating Memorial Day
Now that having parties and celebratory weekends are still discouraged despite the ongoing mass vaccination to protect people from the coronavirus, you may want to revisit the roots of Memorial Day and observe it in simple yet meaningful ways. Here are 4 of them:
- Plant flags on the gravesites of fallen soldiers.
If you live near a national cemetery or memorial, go on a brief outing with your kids to plant flags on the gravesites of fallen soldiers. You can use the field trip as an opportunity to talk to your kids about the heroism of our soldiers who died in the service.
- Fly your flag at half-staff.
If you have a flag in your home, fly it at half-staff to pay respects to our troops who lost their lives in battle. Do this from sunrise till noon of Memorial Day.
- Watch movies showing the heroism of our soldiers.
There are plenty of great movies about the heroism of our soldiers that you can watch with your family. This will allow members of your family to imagine the dangers our troops faced when they’re deployed to conflict areas overseas.
- Have a small-scale barbecue party.
You can still have your traditional barbecue party but you may want to scale it down to just members of your household. Rather than have a loud celebration, have a simpler meal as you recall the sacrifices and heroism of our fallen soldiers.
Pay the Ultimate Tribute to Our Fallen Warriors
One great way to honor our fallen heroes is to support their comrades who are still living but are facing severe challenges in their transition to civilian life. Many of these veterans have fallen deep into poverty and now find themselves homeless, forced to beg for alms from passersby on city streets and sidewalks. Thousands of them are unable to find jobs to support themselves and their families for one reason or another, while others are suffering from various illnesses, including mental health disorders.
The good news is, you can do something to help them. All you have to do is donate an unwanted vehicle to us at Veteran Car Donations. By auctioning it off, we’ll be able to convert it into a fund-generating tool for our veteran and military nonprofit partners.
The proceeds from the sale of your donated vehicle will help support the vital programs and services being delivered by these IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Thanks to your donation, they will be able to provide more deserving veterans and their families with quality health care, financial aid, housing assistance, employment opportunities, family support, educational scholarships, psychotherapy services, and many other benefits.
The best reward you’ll get, however, is the priceless feeling of joy and satisfaction for helping uplift the lives of our nation’s heroes.
We take almost all types of vehicles, including those that barely run anymore. Head over to this page to get a clearer idea of what we usually accept as donations.
Give Back to Our Living Heroes Today!
Turn Memorial Day this May 31st into a day for giving back to our heroes. A simple vehicle donation can leave a lasting impact on their lives. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our online donation form now!