While the meaning behind Memorial Day has always stayed the same, the annual holiday has slowly morphed into a sort of "commencement of summer" celebration. Whether it's spending a long weekend at the lake, grilling out with family, or watching a small town parade, many people look forward to Memorial Day being a long, fun-filled weekend. And while pool parties and shopping-til-you-drop is something anyone can look forward to, some argue that Memorial Day festivities have lost site of the holiday's true meaning.
It's important to recognize that even though Memorial Day has evolved socially, the purpose of the day is to honor and remember the men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty while fighting for our freedom.
Here are 8 ways you can incorporate honoring the lives of those in the military while still enjoyng a care-free and eventful weekend:
1. Wear or display red poppies
2. Visit a military cemetery
3. Donate to a Memorial Day Foundation
4. Attend or watch a Memorial Day parade
5. Fly an American Flag
6. Watch the National Memorial Day Concert
7. Offer your support to a family who has lost a loved-one in the military
8. Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day
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