Memorial Day Traditions: How to Honor Memorial Day

Elmira | 04 - 27 - 2021
Memorial Day Traditions

Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, is an American federal holiday, observed on the last Monday of May every year. This day was introduced after the Civil War. Over the years, Memorial Day became a day to honor all people who sacrificed their lives to get freedom. Americans take part in patriotic events and show respect and gratitude by participating in a moment of silence to make a meaningful contribution. People on this day, mourn for those military officers who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. 

What Do People Do On Memorial Day?

During Memorial Day, people visit memorials and cemeteries to lament and honor those who died while in the country. Several volunteers put an American flag on memorials.

In Mississippi Memorial Day is celebrated along with Jefferson Davis’ Birthday.

What Time Is National Remembrance Held on Memorial Day?
  • A. 2.00 PM
  • B. 3:00 PM
  • C. 6:00 PM
  • D. 5:00 PM

At present, Memorial Day becomes a more fun holiday than a holiday of remembrance. People wish to go for picnics, arrange family gatherings and involve in sports events. This day is also considered the beginning of the summer season and cultural events.

What Are 3 Things You Can Do to Observe Memorial Day? 

  1. Participate in a local ceremony
  2. Take part in events in the nation’s capital.
  3. Watch the National Memorial Day event or concert at home.

Memorial Day Traditions

How to Honor Memorial Day? Learning about the history of Memorial Day and its traditions is one of the best ways to honor the fallen service members.

Hosting Parades

Many towns and cities across the United States parade every year. The largest parades happen in New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Moment of Remembrance

Visiting cemeteries and memorials is one of the best ways to observe Memorial Day. War memorials are recognized as sacred places. Over 58,000 American soldiers made the sacrifice for the country. It is the most significant day to visit the memorial.

Memorial Day & Poppies

Many people wear a red poppy to honor those fallen in war. This tradition began with World War I poems. This tradition was inspired by John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields.” People pin a poppy on their outfits as a symbol of respect.

Hang American Flag

 It is a tradition to fly the American flag at half staff from dawn to afternoon.  

According to Federal guidelines, the American flag should be displayed at half-staff from dawn to noon, then it should go up to full-staff when sundown.

Playing “Taps” Is a Traditional

A US general found the bugle call as a melodious tune for bedtime signal. Later, another general used bugle songs for a funeral because the rifle sound may appear like an attack. Hence, tap became a part of Memorial Day celebrations.

Celebrate In a Different Way

Some people take weekend tours, host parties, and make barbecues on this day. Several Memorial Day events take place where families enjoy taking part in every year. There are some meaningful Memorial Day traditions that people can honor.

Moment of Silence on Memorial Day

It is a National Moment of Remembrance in which Americans are supposed to pause their work for a minute no matter wherever they are at 3.00 PM on Memorial Day. It is followed to honor those who died in military service to the nation.

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