It’s a captivating scene to behold the decorated gravestones at National Cemeteries on Memorial Day. Hundreds of U.S Flags grace the headstones of those that have died during times of war.
Memorial Day is celebrated on the final Monday in the month of May. The flowers are in bloom during the month of May and it’s bright and sunny. A perfect day for families to gather and come together to remember family and friends that died during times of war.
Making the most of the day
It’s a traditional Memorial Day custom for family to visit National Cemeteries to place flags and flowers on the grave site of relatives and friends. However, there are numerous activities that families can carry out in order to make the most of the day!
It can be an opportunity for families to gather and have moments of silent thought or prayer; to reflect back on memories of loved ones.
While visiting a National Cemetery on Memorial Day, it’s a great time to take pictures and later create a scrapbook or a photo album.
Visiting National Cemeteries on Memorial Day can serve as an opportunity to pass on history lessons to children. I’ve found that children are very curious about cemeteries and ask a lot of questions while there; so why not make being there an educational moment!
Children can learn the history concerning the war that their Great Grandparents, Grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc. served in; the dates of their birth and death, and of course, the meaning and tradition of Memorial Day; keeping the tradition alive from generation to generation!
Often there’s more than one family member buried at the same National Cemetery making the visit somewhat of an adventure. It can be even more of an adventure for children if soldiers are buried at different National Cemetery locations.
Visiting National Cemeteries can also serve as an opportunity to gather genealogical information concerning family members that served and died in time of war; especially if you travel from one location to another. Connections can be made; making it a future genealogical research project.
Re-capping the activities
- · Take pictures
- · Create a scrapbook or photo album
- · Make a history lesson out of the visit
- · Gather genealogical information
- · Keep the tradition alive from one generation to the next
- · Travel from one National Cemetery to another
Planning, and preparing for a picnic at a park, on Memorial Day, can be a great way to end the day after concluding the National Cemetery visitations.
However you decide to spend your Memorial Day Holiday please take a moment to remember all those that died during times of war. Afterall, they are the reason for the Memorial Day Holiday!
Memorial Day History Link
Memorial Day Activities Links