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Memorial Day: Remembering and Helping

Updated on January 23, 2018
Always remember the sacrifices.
Always remember the sacrifices. | Source

How can We Best Begin on this Memorial Day to Honor Those Who Gave Their All?

May is our chance each year to set aside time for honoring those who gave up everything so we could live like no other people in history. On Memorial Day we have the opportunity to consider those who died while protecting our country and as they promoted freedom in other lands.

Finding ways to remember them with honor throughout the year is a way to always respect their sacrifice. From a simple thank you to helping their families and other members of the military we can all be involved in saluting the fallen.

Saying "Thank You" On Memorial Day is a Tradition We need to Promote

Memorial Day also gives us another chance to show gratitude to veterans who fought alongside those who gave their lives and to express thankfulness to those who are currently serving our country in the military.

Words that express the gratitude we owe to these people are important. Others have put it very well, yet words can never be enough. For someone who gives solemn thought to what this day means, the simple words “thank you for the sacrifices” are inadequate though the emotion strikes deeply and is appreciated.

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It is overwhelming to attend a ceremony at Arlington. To say it is poignant to see the photos and videos of others who have lost someone who is as dear to them as life itself in the dreadful machine called war seems needless.

Who knows words that can assuage the heartbreak? There are none. Thankfully, there are some comforts left to those who grieve, but what human words could truly satisfy the need?

Remembering the facts and figures recorded by history is crucially important to yet unborn people. Future generations need us to document the details and share the personal stories of those whose sacrifices bought our freedoms.

Whenever possible we need to record the testimonies of our men and women who served in past wars and give attention to the needs of today’s military personnel. We should share their stories on patriotic holidays, but we also need to be careful to remember our service members throughout the year.

Memorial Day is our time to remember those who sacrificed so we could live like no other people in history. It is also a day to consider with appreciation those who continue to serve.

How can We Begin on this Memorial Day to Pay the Debt of Gratitude We Owe?

It seems appropriate to use this Memorial Day hub to encourage others to think about helping the people who serve in the armed forces by offering suggestions on how to help them.

There are ways we can do something on behalf of those who put themselves on the front lines in defense of our country. Being aware of the various ways we could help them gives you a chance to consider your best first step.

Even if you are unable to do much at this time you can inform yourself for future reference as well as for sharing the information with family and friends. Talking about ways to help can prompt communities and smaller groups to work together to make a difference.

Our way of life, our families, our history, and our future are all defended by a relatively small number of our citizens. We can be part of their support system and we can encourage others to do the same.

As part of your Memorial Day holiday please take the time to check out some of the following organizations that are established for the purpose of helping members of our military and their families. Enough said--here's your starting point:

Find ways to honor those who sacrificed themselves.
Find ways to honor those who sacrificed themselves. | Source

Learn More About Memorial Day:

• Information on the meaning of Memorial Day including key facts and ways to observe this patriotic holiday.

This Memorial Day I'll Remember

• Read about Memorial Day traditions that include family and friends.

What can We Begin to do on this Memorial Day?

The following links can help you begin helping:

Soldiers Angels: A Volunteer Led Nonprofit the You can Help.

• Select how you want to help with Any Soldier's efforts.

• Help deployed soldiers stay in touch with family members.

• Learn how to volunteer your time and talents to help others.

• Read up on how churches reach out to help soldiers and their families.

• A ministry to those with PTSD, often led by veterans, is worth supporting.

• Share in ministry to military families @ Facebook.

• This care package site provides ideas to help deployed soldiers (with a forum).

• Specific needs of valid military families-- it is all screened, no third party applications.

• Supporting military families together--help make their lives better.

• Check out the National Military Family Association to find out how you can help.

• Bridging the gap with BIMI.

Remember, we don't have to wait for a holiday to honor those who serve us. Get involved today in an organization that supports them even if you can only help in a small way!

Do You Know that Flag Day is June 14th?

In case you have not had a chance to think about it this year, now is the time to start planning how to celebrate Flag Day. This is an opportunity to celebrate our colors with family and friends, and to teach children the importance of taking the time to consider what our flag stands for through some simple review of history.

Too often the day comes and goes before we have a chance to prepare. Most of us would like to acknowledge it in some way, and you know what, we should! Take a look at the following hubs to jump start your thinking and get your creative juices flowing:

Flag Day: Coast to Coast -- A short but thoughtful look at the expanse of our nation.

• Flag Day: What About It? -- Check out this information to help you start celebrating.

Flag Day and the Star Spangled Banner -- Review your national anthem on Flag Day.

Patriotic T-Shirts to make and give. Don't forget that the basic idea can be used for grownups!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey


      Yes, thanks to all who have shared this and other Memorial Day posts because honoring those who have given their lives in service is the least we can do. Taking the emotion of the remembrances and using it to do something positive to help veterans is one of the best ways to honor them. (Now we need to remember to celebrate Flag Day on Saturday, June 14.)

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks very much for stopping by and letting me hear from you!

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good to read this again RT and thanks to Diane for Sharing it. Blessings to all and especially to the families who have lost someone who was serving our country. Theresa

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Just popped in here again for the review of the celebrations and to support your writing. Always interesting!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks very much for letting me know that this hub spoke to you. If we write to highlight the importance of those who selflessly served and maybe help them or their families when possible, then we do something to honor their sacrifices.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful article in remembrance of all those that have given their lives so that we may live in freedom and liberty. Beautifully presented and I enjoyed reading this.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey


      Thank you for letting me know that you will be checking out the links posted here. The opportunities to help are amazing, and it's important to share them with others. So appreciate your visit and comment!

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Thanks so much for the list of links. I plan to check out each one of them. Great hub!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks very much for your visit and feedback that helps highlight the contact list this Memorial Day!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is a lovely hub with a beautiful thought behind it. Thanks for the contact list. voted up and awesome.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey


      Thank you kindly. Even the small things are important, and when they begin to add up, big things come from all the small acts of kindness. So appreciate your visit and feedback on this info.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a marvelous (and much needed) reminder for all of us. So very well done. Thank you for all the terrific links -- there is something that all of us can do, even if it is a small thing. Together we can have an impact and honor and assist our service men and women and their families. Great Hub. Sharing. Theresa

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Victoria Lynn:

      Thanks much! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      RTalloni--This is a great hub. I'm linking it to my Memorial/Decoration Day hub. :-)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks very much--so appreciate that you stopped by with your comment to help keep the ideas highlighted. It's a small thing for so great a service that our military gives.

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      skylergreene 5 years ago

      This is a great Hub -- we all need to remember the honorable service members who courageously defend our country. Shared/voted up.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      We don't take the opportunities we do have often enough, though. Thank you for helping to highlight the topic by leaving your comment!

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      Jewelz1313 6 years ago from Branson, Missouri

      Well done. I agree, sometimes it's hard to find the words to express your gratitude. A lot of these men and women come home scared for life. And some come home with ailments that don't show up for years later. I hope that we will one day soon be able to take better care of these hero's.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      You make me glad that I wrote this hub just so I could hear your comment! Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! to you!

      Please leave a new comment when your book is done so I can help highlight it.

      Thank you for stopping in and sharing this with us! Bravo!

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      aethelthryth 6 years ago from American Southwest

      I thought Memorial Day would be a good time to introduce my 5-year-old to an Iwo Jima veteran I know. We got a personal explanation of WWII from Pearl Harbor to the atomic bomb, from someone who was really there. I ended up deciding more kids need to hear his story, and am looking into writing a book about him. I would encourage everyone else to start asking veterans they know about the real stories, from a personal point of view, of what happened. It's fascinating, and a good way to honor those who didn't come back.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you, anidae. You have shared your input and helped highlight the topic, for which I am very grateful. I also appreciate your kind comments!

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      Anita Adams 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Voted up and beautiful on this wonderful hub. Thanks for the list of organization that need our help and support. We cannot give enough praise for the men and women who scrificed their lives so that we might live in freedom. Your hub is a wonderful tribute to their memory. I hope we (the USA as a nation united)will never take our freedoms for granted.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Genna East:

      You are welcome. Thank you much for coming by and being the first to comment. I don't know how I missed replying, but I appreciate your visit very much as it helps highlight the links.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you, Chatkath, so much for visiting the hub and being a part of this dialogue. I believe that more of us would like the chance to consider the opportunities to serve those who serve us, so if you come across more info that would add to this dialogue please post again. If you get involved and write about the experience be sure to let me know so I can link that hub to this one.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Beautiful tribute R. - it is easy to forget the number of people who have sacrificed their lives - we do owe them a debt of gratitude and I always wondered who best to do this. Thanks for the links. This is a great start!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad you came by and will be able to refer to the web addresses listed. Thanks much for your visit!

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      carolapple 6 years ago from Suffolk Virginia

      Beautiful hub! You are right there is not adequate way to thank these people and their families for their sarifice. Thanks especially for the list of supporting organizations. I will bookmark and use.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for coming by Bethany Culpepper. Very much appreciate that you added to this dialogue.

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      Bethany Culpepper 6 years ago

      Thank you for the article and the links. It was a somber weekend, but one full of thanksgiving.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      lilian1, We owe a debt of gratitude that cannot be repaid, but we can reach out to those who serve in one fashion or another. It would be an awesome thing to see an outpouring of appreciation to the members of our military. Thank you for stopping by and being a part of the dialogue!

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      lilian1 6 years ago from Hertfordshire England

      I so agree with you the dreadful machinery of war its terribly sad to actually go to Arlington Cemetary and see so many young people who have given their all for their country they paid such a huge sacrifice ....

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      Genna East 6 years ago

      Thank you for these links. I understand how many of us often wonder what we can do as individuals to support the brave individuals who sacrifice on our behlf. Excellent hub!