Memorial Day is for remembering, honoring
May 23, 2012
While most will enjoy the three-day weekend to mark the beginning of summer, Memorial Day is much more. It’s the day set aside to honor the men and women from the United States military who have died in service to their country.
This national holiday is especially poignant while our country is at war. Soldiers are still fighting in far-flung corners of the world for the liberty that affords us a carefree day in the park, chowing down on barbecue or watching the Indianapolis 500 — what most of us will do this weekend.
It’s OK, veterans can be remembered while you’re having fun, but there are numerous ways to honor soldiers, too.
Display a grand ol’ flag at your home.
Attend the special service and presentation of the colors by local Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Valley will remember its heroes with these ceremonies:
9 a.m., Preston Cemetery, 8328 308th Ave. S.E., Issaquah
10 a.m., Fall City Cemetery
11 a.m., North Bend Cemetery
Noon, Snoqualmie Valley Veterans Memorial at American Legion Post, downtown Snoqualmie, across the street from City Hall.
Visit a national cemetery where volunteers have decorated gravesites with a U.S. flag. The Tahoma National Cemetery is east of Kent on 158 acres. Noteworthy is the Memorial Walkway with 23 memorials that commemorate soldiers of various wars. A Blue Star Memorial to honor all veterans is north of the Public Information Center.
Use Memorial Day to also honor family members who have died, not just servicemen and women.
Say thanks to a living veteran. Let him or her know his or her service is appreciated.
Volunteer to assist veterans. Go to www.volunteer.va.gov.
Take time to learn a little about the holiday and its Civil War roots, and then share it with a friend.