As the weather starts to get nicer and we all begin to leave our homes after countless days stuck inside, we have the opportunity to once again appreciate all that we have. Our homes, our families, our friends—after the last year or so, we’ve come to truly appreciate the people and places that helped us get through this extremely difficult time. With summer on the horizon, there are a few more people that we have the opportunity to appreciate as well.
Memorial Day is a day of reflection and contemplation, as well as being a day for us to show our gratitude to those who fought and gave everything for our lives and livelihoods. These brave warriors put everything on the line for us and deserve, at the very least, one day of appreciation. If you’d like to show your gratitude to those that made our lives today possible, we have a few useful ways to give back on Memorial Day so you can repay the service these veterans and soldiers gave to us in some small way.
Why Giving Back on Memorial Day Is Important
Memorial Day is the day we’ve specifically designated to honor all of those who have fallen in the line of duty in service to our country. On your average day, it can be difficult to remember that everything we have was fought for with blood, sweat, and tears. This can unfortunately lead to us taking these things for granted.
That’s one reason why Memorial Day is so important—it gives the average citizen a chance to take a step back and really appreciate what they have. Perhaps more important, however, is that it gives us a chance to show appreciation to people that don’t get as much as they deserve. Veterans and fallen soldiers dedicate their lives to protecting and preserving our way of life and Memorial Day is just one way that we can say thank you.
Whether you know someone personally in the armed forces or tangentially through someone else, Memorial Day is your chance to look outside of yourself. Many people get the day off so they have time to focus on what Memorial Day will mean to them. This is crucial, because it allows you to consider ways in which you can give back to those who have given everything to us.
How You Can Give Back
Knowing why giving back is so important is just the first step to doing some real good for these people. If you want some actually useful ways to give back on Memorial Day, we here at GreenDrop want to help you out. Don’t feel like you can only do these things on Memorial Day, though. It’s good to remember these heroes more than just one day a year, but these ideas should help make your Memorial Day one you can be proud of.
Decorate a Memorial Site
If you’re lucky enough to live near a memorial site or a veterans cemetery, you can spend some time freshening the place up on Memorial Day. Bringing flowers or decorations to graves that don’t have any can help honor the memory of some soldiers whose families have passed on. You can even make this into an activity that you can share with children. Have them come up with ideas for decorations and explain why they are so important.
It’s hard to not run into a Memorial Day run if you live somewhere with a lot of people. Charity runs are a great way to get out of the house, enjoy the nicer weather, and do your part to give back to those who could use the help. There are plenty to choose from around Memorial Day, so make sure you find one that fits your skill level and your desired level of involvement.
Buy a Meal
One of the best things you can do to honor the memory of a fallen soldier is to help out a veteran that is still around today. The camaraderie between soldiers is incredibly important to their success and helping out a veteran in need is one way to show your gratitude to all soldiers in the line of duty. Too many veterans are down on their luck and could use a hot meal, especially on Memorial Day.
Offer Your Time
Your time is one of the most valuable things you can give to somebody. Living veterans rarely ask for much more than simple companionship, and you can be that person who provides that for them. You can also help out in a veteran living center, serve food at your local shelter, or even help plan a Memorial Day parade.
Craft a Care Package
It’s not just veterans that need our support—we also need to continue to support troops that are currently in the line of duty. Crafting a care package of home comforts for soldiers far from home is one way you can show your appreciation. You don’t need to do this alone. In fact, getting your community to help with care packages can be a great way to show support in a greater capacity than you would be able to on your own.
Help Out in a Parade
Memorial Day parades are found all over the country when the day comes around. They allow us to gather in one area and all honor the service of fallen soldiers and veterans together. These parades are usually planned by volunteers and they need all the help they can get. If you can’t set one up yourself, offer your services to a parade already in the works.
Support Family Members of Soldiers
We can’t forget about those left behind either. Families of soldiers go through so much when someone they love has dedicated their lives to the country. If you know a military family personally, ask how you might be able to help them out around Memorial Day, or really any day they might struggle with. It could be babysitting, gathering groceries, or just saying hello for a little while. They might appreciate it more than you realize.
GreenDrop has always done anything we can to help out our nation’s veterans, but we need your help to do it better than ever before. If you’re looking for a charity that picks up donations, consider adding GreenDrop to that list. A large portion of our proceeds goes directly to helping veterans and families of veterans. Together, we can make this Memorial Day one that we can all be proud of.