Memorial Day is a day to remember those who served our country and did not make it home to take off their uniform. Often times, we use it as an extra weekend to spend with family, have a BBQ, or get extra projects done around the house. But, I am a strong believer in whatever we are doing, taking time to remember those who have fallen protecting us and maintaining out freedoms.
Here are a few things to remember for Memorial Day!
1. Flag Etiquette: According to United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1, Section 7, "the flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff."
We fly the flag at half staff as a way to remember that we are a country in mourning for those who have died while in the Armed Services.
2. National Moment of Remembrance: Created by President Bill Clinton, the National Moment of Remembrance is to observe a full minute of silence at 3:00 pm (local time everywhere). It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom.
Set time aside to have a minute of silence during your activities, no matter where you are or what you are doing.
3. Remembering the reason: No matter what we are doing, take time to remember the true reason to celebrate the day and enjoy our freedom.
4. Red Poppies: Be bold and go with history! Wear a red poppy flower, serve a poppy-themed dessert, or decorate with red poppies. Use it as a symbol of remember for those who fought and helped in war.
As we celebrate Memorial Day, let's honor those who gave their all and enjoy the company of friends and family. From all of us at Waddell & Reed, we sincerely hope you have a meaningful and blessed day!