Memorial Day is coming up, and it’s not just a day off to extend the weekend. Instead of lounging around and taking advantage of the long weekend, try something different this year to celebrate Memorial Day’s true meaning. This holiday has an important significance: it is celebrated in remembrance of Americans who have died while fighting for our country and its values. Don’t treat this holiday as you would Labor Day, there are so many events and activities you can do with family or friends to honor the American troops who gave it their all.
1. Lantern Floating Ceremony– Honolulu, HI.
A touching, tranquil experience to say the least. The names of our loved ones are written on lanterns in remembrance. If you cannot attend in-person, you can still place a request for a lantern. A live video of the ceremony is available on the website, so millions around the world can enjoy this unique celebration.
2. National Memorial Day Parade– Washington, D.C
From 2 p.m to 5 p.m, everyone can watch the largest Memorial Day Parade, whether in person or live on video. The parade commemorates many American heroes throughout our history.
3. Memorial Day Parade– Chicago, IL.
One of the largest parades in the nation honors our family and friends who died protecting our country. The Chicago Memorial Day Parade occurs on Saturday, May 23rd, at noon. The starting point will be located at State and Lake.
4. The National Moment of Remembrance– Anywhere, USA
The National Moment of Remembrance calls for all Americans to stop at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, wherever they may be, to pause and dedicate one minute in the remembrance of soldiers that fought for freedom.
5. 9/11 Memorial Museum– New York, New York
The 9/11 Memorial Museum holds many artifacts of the tragic event, as well as many memories of the lives that were taken. Visitors are welcome to remember and honor those who perished in a memorial exhibition, called the Memoriam, and view artifacts of the event and our country’s loss and recovery.
6. USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum– New York, New York
Fleet Week is among one of the most popular Memorial Day celebrations across the nation. May 20th through May 26th marks the celebration of our service men and women with multiple presentations, programs, and interactive activities led by the Office of Naval Research, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and other military officers, including NASA.
7. Palm Springs Air Museum– Palm Springs, California
An Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop will be hosted on May 25th, 2015, where 3,000 red and white carnations will be dropped from a B-25 Mitchell bomber in memory of our fallen veterans. More fun follows with musical performances, WWII re-enactments, aircrafts, and children’s activities.