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Honor those who have served

On Memorial Day, we honor and remember the men and women of our military who selflessly served and made the ultimate sacrifice. If you want to say “thank you” to the brave people who put our lives before their own, here are five ways to do it as a volunteer.

Teach the children
Help a child or student learn the history of Memorial Day and then work together on a video or collage to honor a family member or friend who lost his or her life in service to our country.

Gather together
Another great way to honor our heroes is by volunteering for, or participating in, a local parade or charity run. You can find an event in your area, or if there are none available this year, you might consider organizing your own.

Say it with flowers
Your community cemetery may have opportunities to place flags, flowers or wreaths in memory of those who served. As Wreaths Across America notes, this gesture serves not only to remember our fallen U.S. veterans, but also to honor those who serve and to teach your children the value of freedom.

Be there in person
Visit your local VA hospital with small gifts, notes, or simply a heartfelt, in-person “thank you.” You can also encourage your children to decorate thank you cards to distribute when you arrive.

Raise a flag
It only takes a few moments to create a memory that will last forever. You can order a flag to be flown over the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. in honor of someone, or all, who served. A flag flown over the Capitol comes with a certificate of authenticity, which can be customized with the honoree’s name, as well as the event you are honoring. For more information, contact your congressional representative’s office, directly.

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