Eight Ways to Honor Those that Gave All This Memorial Day

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Eight Ways to Honor Those that Gave All this Memorial Day

I wanted to do something different this year and try to give each of you ideas of something of value to help honor those that so greatly sacrificed in the name of our country. Memorial Day is set aside as a holiday in our country to honor those that gave their lives in the service of our country. 

We all live busy lives and while we know Memorial Day is important, doing even little things to commemorate the day often alludes us. 

Here is a list of some possibilities that might get you into the proper spirit to honor those that gave all so that we could just live our busy lives without much interruption. 

So before I write the list of suggestions, please commit yourself to something to preserve the honor and sacrifice that has made our country great. Remember, it could be as simple as a little prayer of thanksgiving. 

1. Fly our Red White and Blue Banner in pride. The colors are symbolic. The White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and the Blue above the stripes signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.

2. Donate to a Charity that supports our Veterans. One place to check out would be Charity Navigator.org

3. Buy a Poppy from a VFW member. Here is the story of How the Poppy Became the Symbol of Memorial Day

4. Attend a Commemorative Service.  If you are squeamish, skip this one. I want to paint you a picture. I would like to remind you of something I came to learn about our soldiers as they are laid to rest. They are buried in full dress uniform of the service branch they are a part. Irrespective of the condition of their body, imagine opening their casket and seeing the young man or women wearing the honor and pride of the country they served. Connect with this and it will help you better remember the significance of this day. They gave it all so we didn't have to. We owe them so much, it could never be fully repaid. Their grave sites are not some unknown marker, these are real men and women, most often our finish youth, that lay there. 

5. Volunteer at a VA Hospital or a local USO branch. Volunteerism to help those that were williag to sacrifice their lives is a small price to pay. We all need to do more to make the lives of those that were saved in battle just a little less burdensome.

6. On Memorial Day at 3:00PM, as a nation, we honor the sacrifice of the valiant men and women who gave all. Please take a minute at that exact time to honor them. As you do, hear the sound of the Taps played to symbolize "The day is done,  Rest in Peace".

7. Go to a National Cemetery or even your own local cemetery and be a part of honoring the Veterans who grace these hallowed grounds. 

8. Teach you children. This might be one of the easiest tributes to do. Educate your children about this day and what it means to all of us as patriotic citizens of the United States of America. Help them keep the spirit of honor and sacrifice that these men and women made that our freedom and pride in our nation continues to grow and is not stifled by neglect. Freedom and Liberty will always have a price and it has been paid in blood by so many. It continues to cost the lives of those so eager and willing to pay for it. That cost must be honored lest we may each have to pay an equal price.

9. This is a bonus idea that I ued to do for quite a few years. Put out yard sized flags at each home in your farming areas. I used to put out 500 flags. I started at 10:00Pm and I set a flag in a uniform manner at each property. At 9:00 PM the night of Memorial Day, I picked up all the flags to be able to put out the next year. This takes a lot of effort but the pride I felt looking back at what I had done has no comparison. And I can tell you without reservation, this effort was greatly appreciated. As I got older, it become too difficult and I let the idea go. As I write this, I feel regret that I just couldn't do it anymore. But I am considering another idea. Buying house sized 3x5 flags kits and making sure that all my past clients are flying our colors. That effort hopefully can start tomorrow.

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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thank you for the excellent post with ways to honor our veterans this weekend.

May 27, 2016 09:08 PM #39
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                          Thank you William Johnson for my ah-ha moment. 

May 28, 2016 11:29 AM #40
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Kathy Streib , Thank you so much for this, you are such a kind and wonderful person. I also want to thank you for reaching out to me, you a very special.

May 28, 2016 08:16 PM #41
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Thanks for sharing your ideas for honoring those we should all be thankful for!

May 28, 2016 10:50 PM #42
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning William. We used to put flags in our neighbors yards for Memorial day, the Fourth of July and Labor day. Enjoy your day!

May 29, 2016 12:32 AM #43
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

 A well deserved Feature!  I'm so glad Kathy shared it too.

I didn't know about 3:00 pm on Memorial Day. I will make sure to take a moment tomorrow and give respect to those who so greatly deserve it!

May 29, 2016 01:15 AM #44
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to include your post in her weekly wrap up...great job!

May 29, 2016 01:58 AM #45
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I like William with your NINE ideas you turn thought into ACTION. It is not all about the barbecue in the backyard....

May 29, 2016 06:35 AM #46
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Very few Americans young men want to serve these days. The all volunteer army is for the poor and those adventure some young people. I do admire those who still have the old values. I salute at them.

May 29, 2016 01:00 PM #47
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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At a local cemetary they honor all the loved ones. I see boy scouts staked flags in Vet section.  There was a celebration of life.    They are all there in another world.

May 30, 2016 01:40 AM #48
Theresa Akin

In the small town where I was raised, the local churches had memorial day services . All 3 country churches got together and had an open service in one of the farmers large barn. There were 2 pastors and 1 priest who had ties to our town. It was a beautiful ceremony and celebration of the gift our military for putting their lives on the line for our freedoms. We lost many in the different wars and conflicts. One family had a loved one in each generation since the 1800s and just recently lost a member in afghanistan not long ago. He was on his way home. He was finishing his service after 15 years. I don't know if that little town celebrates like it did but the memories are still there.

May 30, 2016 08:00 AM #49
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

We owe our ability to do whatever we please today to our veterans - both those who died and those who somehow made it home. 

Freedom isn't free - and it never was.

May 30, 2016 08:42 AM #50
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Thank you for taking the time to write this beautiful post.  I am honored to re-share it on social media sites.  God Bless You.  We must never forget.  ps:  My husband and I have done the posting a flag in every yard up to 500 in our neighboring area of our office.  It was fun, and it gave us an opportunity to meeting many new friends.  I like the idea of going back and picking them up for reuse ... Practical (but not sure if we have the energy!!!)

May 30, 2016 10:34 AM #51
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

William, Thank you for reaching out to the AR community with ths thoughful post.

May 30, 2016 12:08 PM #52
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware, Cecil County, and S. Chester County  thank you so much. I did several of the things on my list this year and I can tell you that they made me feel wonderful.

May 30, 2016 12:15 PM #53
Randy Elliott
RE/MAX Gold - Lodi, CA
REALTOR : Lodi / Stockton, CA

William, what a great post. Thank you for your list of ways to honor those that deserve our respect and gratitude the most, but rarely receive it.  I have a son in the army and I'm very honored and proud of him for his service.  Even typing this brings tears to my eyes for how much I respect him.  

May 30, 2016 04:23 PM #54
Derrick Guevremont
Counselor Realty of Rochester - Rochester, MN
Rochester MN Homes for Sale

All great ideas.  I did several of them, but my favorite thing I was able to do was wish my son a great Memorial Day weekend and thank him for actively serving in the United States Air Force.

May 30, 2016 04:45 PM #55
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Thank you for this great list.  I missed it before the holiday weekend, but I think I can use the idea in a variety of ways to thank those that have served.  

Congratulations on the feature.

May 30, 2016 09:38 PM #56
Donna & Larry Johnson
Keller Williams Real Estate - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County

Memorial Day has become a lost day in a lot of towns. Our young are not being tough from a early age. It is always great to see everyone get involved in several small towns across the country. These are all great ideas!

May 30, 2016 09:55 PM #57
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

After celebrating the day I am grateful to see that I have been participating in three of your suggestions for many years. Here via Kathy!

May 30, 2016 11:26 PM #58
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