Paying Respect

Remembering the Fallen for Memorial Day

Memorial-DAyFor many people, the thought of Memorial Day conjures up imagery of parades, picnics, backyard barbecues, and quality time spent with loved ones. It’s nice to have a day off for a little R&R, but it’s important to remember why we celebrate.

It’s a time to honor and support the mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, friends, and everyone in between who’ve lost a loved one in service; to acknowledge the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to maintain the safety and freedom so many of us take for granted.

Whether you choose to visit a museum, travel to a national cemetery, reach out to members of a Gold Star Family, decorate with flags and flowers, donate to a military charity, or observe a moment of silence, there are countless ways to show your support for service members who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice. Looking for new ways to honor them shouldn’t be limited to one day out of the year; it’s something we can do year-round.

Memorial Day also marks the final observance in May, which is National Military Appreciation Month. While the last Monday in May belongs to the fallen, it’s the active-duty service members and those in the reserve components who carry the torch and need our support to make it home safe and sound.

We hope you have a peaceful, relaxing Memorial Day weekend. You deserve it.

Jake Butler

About the author: Jake Butler

Jake Butler is a staff writer at Pioneer Services who understands the challenges facing modern military families. He writes informative and entertaining pieces about military life, financial education and everything in between. Follow Jake on Google+.

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