No matter how you're spending the holiday weekend, it's important not to forget the reason the day is celebrated each year.
Memorial Day is an important and solemn occasion for our organization, with Mohawk's historic involvement supporting the country's military actions, our continued support of non-profit wounded veterans' organizations like Operation Finally Home and our proud employment of hundreds of veterans.
Every Memorial Day, families and communities across the nation observe this special holiday in many different ways. Here are some of the most popular Memorial Day traditions. Consider adding one or two to your Memorial Day plans.
Displaying the Flag
On Memorial Day, the U.S. flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon. In the morning, the flag should be raised momentarily to the top and then lowered to half-staff. Americans can also honor prisoners of war and those missing in action by flying the POW/MIA flag.
Participating in the National Moment of Remembrance
In accordance with a congressional resolution passed in 2000, Americans pause wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time for a moment of silence to remember and honor the fallen.
Attending Memorial Day Parades
The Memorial Day parade is a time-honored tradition in many cities and towns across America. Neighbors come together to remember with pride those who sacrificed so much for our country.
Brushing up on Family and American History
The holiday is a good time to share family history, look at old photographs and learn about your ancestors, especially those who died in the service of the nation. It’s also an occasion to read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and other historic and patriotic speeches.
Wearing Memorial Day Poppies
The tradition of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day was inspired by the 1915 poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrea. War worker Moina Michael made a personal pledge to always wear red silk poppies as an emblem of “keeping the faith with all who died,” and began a tradition that was adopted in the United States, England, France, Australia and more than 50 other countries.
Best wishes for a pleasant and safe Memorial Day weekend.