Remember Our Troops

Today is Memorial Day — a day to celebrate the members of our military and their families. For many of us, today is a day for family barbecues and the start of summer, but it’s also important to remember the history. Memorial Day was first celebrated after the Civil War and was known as Decoration Day. In 1971, Memorial Day was designated a national holiday. While many of us take the moment to say “thank you for your service” when we see a military member in fatigues, that should only be the beginning. Here are a few other ways you can thank military members:

– if you’re flying first class, give up your seat.
– pay for their groceries or coffee if you’re ahead of them in line
– volunteer to place flags at a gravesite
– write letters to deployed troops
– offer to do a small favor like pick up their dry cleaning, buy the groceries, or babysit their kids

As well, many businesses offer discounts to military members. Our military members are an important part of our society. On this day of remembrance, especially, take a moment to think of their sacrifice and the sacrifices made by their families. And remember, a small gesture of kindness can go a long way.