4 Ways to Honor America’s Fallen Heroes
- Show the Flag
On Memorial Day, the flag should be raised briskly to the top of the staff for a moment and then solemnly lowered to half-staff, where it should remain until noon. Then raise it to the top again for the remainder of the day.
- Wear Poppies
Since 1925, the American Legion Auxiliary has sold red crepe-paper poppies for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The tradition of wearing the colorful flowers was inspired by John McCrea's 1915 poem about World War I losses, In Flanders Fields.
- Take a Moment
A congressional resolution passed in 2000 calls on Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a moment of silence to remember and honor the fallen.
- Visit a CemeteryArlington is just one of many national cemeteries located throughout the nation. Many states also have established veterans cemeteries. Check the Department of Veteran Affairs listings for a cemetery in your area. There likely will be a Memorial Day ceremony scheduled.