How To Celebrate Memorial Day: The 5 Best Ways To Honor The Fallen

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As summer draws near, you may wonder how to celebrate Memorial Day in a way that upholds the true meaning of this important holiday. What do people do on Memorial Day to commemorate it usually? 

Memorial Day weekend is often filled with outdoor activities and barbecues with friends and family. However, amidst all the celebrations and fun activities, it’s important to remember that this is, first and foremost, a historical holiday dedicated to honoring the brave men and women who have lost their lives while serving our nation. 

So, as we gear up to enjoy the long weekend, let’s also take a moment to reflect and pay tribute to our fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. In this article, we’re sharing five Memorial Day celebration ideas to make this important holiday both joyful and meaningful.

How is Memorial Day Celebrated: Honoring the History

Originally known as Decoration Day, after the tradition of adorning graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of those who have lost their lives in service to our country. It became widely observed on May 30, 1868, to honor the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers through a proclamation by General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic. 

In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May, creating a three-day weekend for Americans to remember and honor our fallen military men and women. So, how do people celebrate Memorial Day in modern times? Today, Memorial Day is commemorated through celebratory traditions like parades, respectful memorial services, and solemn visits to cemeteries and monuments, all of which remind us of the cost of our freedom.

5 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

Wondering what to do on Memorial Day so you and your family enjoy the holiday while also paying tribute to our fallen servicemen and women? Here are five Memorial Day program ideas to honor those who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom.

1. Buy a Challenge Coin for a Loved One

A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion exchanged as a token of camaraderie, respect, and achievement. They have a profound symbolic meaning for individuals with ties to the military, often representing specific units, missions, events, or deployments.

Offering a challenge coin as a Memorial Day gift can be a deeply meaningful way to recognize a loved one’s service, as it’s a tangible symbol of your gratitude for their dedication and sacrifice. Plus, by adding a personalized engraved message or selecting a coin with special significance, you can create a unique keepsake that will be cherished for years to come. 

2. Decorate with Flags

Proudly displaying your American flag is a visual way to commemorate Memorial Day and pay tribute to the memory of our fallen service members. The United States flag holds deep symbolic meaning, representing freedom, unity, and sacrifice. When you display flags in your home, yard, or community, you not only show your patriotism but also honor the men and women who died fighting for our country and our freedom. 

Whether you choose to fly the flag at half-staff to signify mourning or decorate your surroundings with miniature flags as a symbol of remembrance, each flag reminds us of the bravery and dedication of those who gave their lives serving our great nation.

3. Visit Our Fallen Heroes

If you have a weekend filled with activities and events but are still asking yourself how to honor Memorial Day respectfully and purposefully, paying respects to the resting places of our fallen heroes can be a meaningful way to do it. Many local cemeteries, veterans’ memorials, and military graveyards hold special events during this time for families, friends, and community members to gather and reflect. 

Visiting these sites with your loved ones is a beautiful way to show gratitude and reverence. You can bring flowers, flags, or other items of remembrance to place at gravesites or monuments, symbolizing your appreciation for their service and sacrifice. This act not only honors the individual sacrifices of those who served but also offers an opportunity for reflection and education, especially for younger generations who may not yet fully understand the significance of Memorial Day.

4. Attend a Religious Service

Consider gathering with your family and community at your local place of worship to attend a religious service dedicated to honoring our brave military members. Memorial Day services are a great opportunity for individuals of all faiths to unite in remembrance and reflection. Attending religious services, no matter your faith, can offer solace and support while also honoring the memories of those who have served our country.

5. Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance

The National Moment of Remembrance is an annual observance that takes place at 3:00 pm local time on Memorial Day. During the National Moment of Remembrance, all Americans are encouraged to pause whatever they’re doing and take a moment of quiet reflection. This symbolic act honors the memory of those who have died while serving the United States and fosters a sense of unity and solidarity across the nation. It is an opportunity for all of us to come together despite our differences and honor the sacrifices of those who have served our country with great courage and selflessness.

Honor Memorial Day with Challenge Coins from Lone Star

As Memorial Day approaches, let’s put these Memorial Day ideas into action to honor the sacrifices of our fallen heroes with reverence and gratitude. Whether you give a custom challenge coin to a veteran as a token of your appreciation, visit your city’s memorial places or monuments, attend a religious ceremony, or simply reflect, we must ensure that their legacy lives on through our actions. As we enjoy the freedom our servicemen and women fought valiantly to protect, let’s never forget the true significance of Memorial Day.

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J and jarren
J and jarren
10 November 2023
My class spent well over $9,000 on our class coins. First issue, they didn't get them to us in a timely manner. We received them barely in time for graduation. Second, they sent us coins with a misspelled word (brave) as seen in the picture. Third issue, a lot of the spinners came broken, also as seen in the picture. When I reached out to the company, they claim sending replacement coins out at a later date is rectifying of this situation. Very empathetic to the situation at hand overall. Not very professional at all, terrible business practices and they definitely will not receive future business from me nor any recommendations either. Zero stars
M. Wong
M. Wong
27 October 2023
I found this company last year after a recommendation from a friend and I've ordered several times now. What keeps me coming back is the high level of customer service and responsiveness in the projects that have been created. The work product is also great and the quality of the coins, detail and just overall, I am very pleased with. This is my GO TO shop now for coins. Please check them out, you will not be disappointed! PS. Big shout to Corbin for his amazing guest service!
Stephen Ryan
Stephen Ryan
25 October 2023
This company is fantastic! I reached out to them to create a custom shaped coin with custom artwork that they had put together for me. The coins are a Veteran's Day thank you token for those who served at our company. We will definitely be returning for future orders. From start to finish, they were very open with communication, extremely fast to respond to concerns and questions, and lastly delivered something that blew us out of the water. Thank you so much!
Alejandra O'Connor
Alejandra O'Connor
25 October 2023
I ordered challenge coins on behalf of my government agency. Lone Star was easy to work with and did amazing things with the graphics I sent. They turned the artwork around quickly and each time it was better than what we had hoped for. We did have several back and forth messages to get the coin exactly as we wanted it. Our representative was so patient with us and had excellent customer service. We also got the coins in the mail quickly. Working with Lone Star was a wonderful experience end-to-end.
Italy Mair
Italy Mair
18 October 2023
Great service, great communication, and great products! Would definitely recommend them.
Rafael Moronta
Rafael Moronta
13 October 2023
Amazing artwork.. aside from the product what I loved most of our experience was the flexibility to create a coin that’s exceeds your own expectations. Thank you guys so much for making the process seamless and affordable!
5 October 2023
Absolutely fantastic company to work with. Communication was always quick, and the final product looked even better than the proof did. 10/10 would recommend!
26 September 2023
I engaged with Lone star challenge coins to make coins for my fiancé's celebration of life. I was pretty clueless about design, and they provided the perfect design. The coins arrived in time, and we were more than satisfied with the outcome. Their customer service was excellent as well. They guided me (held my hand) throughout the process, and were quick to respond. I cannot say enough about their product and company.
Debbie Avinger
Debbie Avinger
26 September 2023
We are so grateful for the work Lone Star Challenge Coins did for our nonprofit fundraising event! They worked with our budget and gave us medals with ribbons and challenge coins that were better than we expected.
Dan Kiser
Dan Kiser
22 September 2023
Corbin was very combative when I explained that the design provided was not at all reflective of the requests that I provided on the Inquiry form. Based on the customer service alone during that 1 phone call, I am not inclined to pursue any business with this company. EDIT: I spoke to the owner, Mike, and he helped rectify the situation and framed it as a learning opportunity for his team. This is a good reminder that people make mistakes but first impressions matter.
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