This Memorial Day, before you leap into the start of summer, take some time to remember the big reason behind the day. This is a great chance to teach young kids about the importance of our service members, as well as an opportunity for loved ones to spend time together and appreciate all that we have. In today’s blog, we have a few ideas for celebrating this special day in and around your Daytona Beach home.
Pay tribute to a friend or family member
Do you know someone who has served in the military? Now is a meaningful time to honor them through sharing your memories with them or even putting your time toward a cause they cared about. Similarly, if there’s a veteran in your life, use this day to reach out to them and show your appreciation. Serving in the military isn’t easy, and today might be an especially hard time for those who have served on the front lines. Spend time with them or send them a special message—no matter how big or small the gesture may seem, it will be appreciated.
Show your patriotism
You might be accustomed to showing your patriotism throughout the year, but today is an especially apt time to show your spirit through red, white and blue clothes, home decorations and more. These are simple ways to show that you care about the meaning behind Memorial Day.
Explain the importance of Memorial Day in child-friendly ways
Especially young kids may know that Memorial Day is a day off school—but beyond that, they may not understand the true meaning behind the day and why we celebrate it. Look for child-friendly ways (books, videos and other means) to explain the importance of our servicemen and women and the sacrifices they make every day.
Look into volunteering and donating opportunities with military organizations
If you’ve been looking for ways to give back, Memorial Day can be the perfect time for you to jumpstart your search and find a volunteering or donating opportunity that works for you. There are organizations that aim to support wounded veterans and their families, for example, and even provide hands-on opportunities for you to help veterans through the building of homes. Look into these opportunities and more to find something that clicks for you and your family.
Spend time with family
Finally, don’t forget to spend some quality time with family today. In addition to honoring our fallen servicemen and women, Memorial Day is a time for appreciating everything we have at home—so have that barbecue, enjoy a swim in the pool, or spend a day at the beach.
We hope that these ideas serve you and your family well this Memorial Day! We’re all for a fun, exciting start to summer—just be sure to couple your activities with some time to reflect on and appreciate what makes those activities possible.