Each Memorial Day, we honor the service and sacrifice of all the brave men and women who have laid down their lives, and put them at risk, for our freedom.

Many Americans celebrate Memorial Day by hosting large parties with friends and family, while others choose to attend memorial celebrations and parades. This year; however, may look a little different.

Here’s how you can observe Memorial Day while staying away from the crowds:


Observe a Moment of Silence – Plan a time for you and your family on Monday to pause for a few minutes to honor those fallen and reflect on your gratitude for the sacrifices made by those heroes and their families.


Make a Donation to a Military or Veteran Charity FundIf you would like to make a difference this Memorial Day, donating to a charity is one of the best ways you can help our military veterans and their families. There are all kinds of charities out there, so find one with a mission that you would like to support and give what you can, or donate straight on the VA’s website.


Visit a VA Cemetery – VA cemeteries will be open to the public throughout the weekend for friends and family members to visit and place flags and flowers on graves; however, the ceremonies, like the Wreath Laying Ceremony will not be. Most ceremonies will be streamed online this year. You can watch live by searching for the cemetery on social media on Memorial Day or visiting this link.


Visit the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) Online The VA, alongside the National Cemetery Association, has launched the VLM website to memorialize the 3.7 million Veterans interred in VA cemeteries to a digital memorial space by providing a VLM profile page for each Veteran. Families and friends can search for their veterans and create online memorials.


Take a Virtual Museum Tour – Many veteran and war museums offer virtual tours and online galleries. A few to check out on Monday include, Kansas City’s National WWI Museum, New Orleans’ National WWII Museum, Chicago’s Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Virginia’s Cold War Museum, Washington D.C.’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial.


Watch PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert The concert will be held on the eve of Memorial Day, Monday the 24th, at 8 p.m. EST. In previous years, the concert has been held on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn, but this year it will be a series of performances, stories, and special messages.


Show Your Support on Social Media –  If you have friends or family that are in the military, dedicate a social media post for them to thank them for their service. If you don’t, but would still like to show your support, you share our Memorial Day graphic straight from our Facebook page.


Happy Memorial Day to all of our veterans and their families. Thank you for your service.


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