Suggested Memorial Day Activities

“We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or the coming generations, that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided Republic. If other eyes grow dull, and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remains to us.” 
—General John Logan, General Order No. 11, May 5, 1868

Suggested Activities:

– Renew a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

– Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.

– Fly the U.S. Flag at *half-staff until noon to observe a day of “National Mourning.”

– Attend religious services of your choice. 

– Visit memorials. 

– Participate in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00 PM local time, to pause and think upon the meaning of the day and for taps to be played where possible. 

* Flying the Flag at half staff:
According to U.S. Flag Code, the United States flag should be hoisted to the top of a flagpole for an instant and then lowered to half-staff until noon, before being returned to the top of the staff for the rest of the day. Those without a vertical flagpole may affix a black mourning bow to their home flag kits instead of lowering the flag.


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