True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.-Arthur Ashe
Memorial Day, much like the Fourth of July, is generally thought of as a day off from work, a great day to have a barbecue and go swimming, and spend some time with our families. And while it is all that, it is also so much more.
Memorial Day started on May 5, 1866. It was, much as it is today observed as a day, to honor the soldiers that had been killed in battle, but unlike today, it was originally for the Union soldiers killed in the Civil War. After World War I, it grew to include soldiers from all the wars.
The day was originally called Decoration Day because the idea was for the public to go, and decorate the soldiers graves. On May 5, 1868, it was declared that Decoration Day should be observed, which happened on the 30th of that same year. On June 28, 1968, a little over a hundred years later, the U.S. Congress passed a bill, that moved Decoration Day (by then known as Memorial Day), to the last Monday in May.
So if you have any family members, that are military personnel and have passed away, this would be a good day to put flag, or flowers on their grave. Or if you personally know any soldiers, spend some time with them, and thank them for what they have done while fighting for freedom. You might also want to send a card or letter to a soldier overseas, just to let them know that you are thinking about them, and praying for them.
They are observations that take place on Memorial Day, a few of which are: stopping for a National Moment Of Remembrance at 3 p.m., when we are supposed to pause to think about what the day means, and flying the flag half staff until noon. There is also an excellent website, where you can find a lot of information about Memorial Day, and how to celebrate it.
Blessings, Peace and Sucess!