Remembering Why We Celebrate This Memorial Day

memorial day weekendOn May 25th, we will remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the American Armed Forces. Although many of us think of Memorial Day as day to party and the start of summer, it’s important to take a moment of silence for our heroes on this day and remember what the holiday is truly about.

Even though celebrating will be a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still plenty of fun ways to honor America’s heroes!

Virtual Tributes

Even though we can’t gather in person this year to pay tribute to the heroes who served our country, we can still pay tribute virtually! The American Legion is hosting a virtual Memorial Day celebration starting May 22 throughout the entire weekend. Help the American Legion with their tribute by sharing names of those you want to honor to be shared across their social media platforms!

You can also make a social media tribute of your own by posting on Instagram, Facebook, or any platform you use. This year, you can take a virtual tour of the White House through Google Arts and Culture, as well as listen to Veterans tell their stories through Storycorps Oral History. You can also watch a patriotic movie to get in the Memorial Day spirit or tune into the PBS Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, the 24th at 8pm.

Memorials

There are plenty of memorials nearby that you can visit this weekend! The Korean War Memorial at nearby Canton Waterfront Park lists the names of the 527 Marylanders who died during the conflict. Enjoy a day at the beautiful park while making the time to honor our fallen heroes.

Another way to pay tribute in person this year is to donate flowers to a Veteran’s grave. Baltimore National Cemetery is only about a 20-minute drive and is a great place to go to for this simple yet touching gesture. 

Crafts

Honor our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day Weekend by showing your love and support through crafts! The Friday before Memorial Day is National Poppy Day and red poppies are a symbol of remembrance, so craft your own red poppy to wear this weekend. Unleash your inner artist and help Union show its patriotism with chalk art outside the building. You can also create patriotic DIY decorations in red, white, and blue to show your support from your home.

Happy Memorial Day

However you celebrate, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe Memorial Day Weekend at Union Wharf.