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Honoring our Veterans on Memorial Day

By May 25, 2015Archives

For many of us, Memorial Day brings barbecue, trips to the lake, and family gatherings. For seniors, Memorial Day may have a different meaning: remembrance of lost loved ones.

Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day, which was started as a day to commemorate Union soldiers lost in the Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states celebrated those who passed. After World War I, it was extended to honor men and women who died during any military action, and after World War II, it became known as Memorial Day.
For many seniors, the holiday still holds the true meaning. It is a day to remember loved ones who have died in the service of our country and for seniors who have so many to remember, the day can be one of melancholy or even overwhelming.

Our senior loved ones may often try to put on a pleasant face. They may even be the host of the family gathering but it is important for them to feel as if they have someone to lean on. You can help your senior through Memorial Day by offering support.

Some activities you can do with your senior loved one on Memorial Day may include:

  • Encourage stories of lost heroes
  • Watch the local parade
  • Visit the cemetery
  • Fly the flag at half-staff until noon
  • Hold a moment of silence at 3 p.m.
  • Decorate your picnic or barbeque with flags or red, white and blue
  • If you’re going to do outdoor activities, remember that it may be warm and sunny outside. Sunscreen may be advised and your senior should be encouraged to wear loose, protective clothing. You should also make sure that he or she drinks plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Even though it isn’t quite summer yet, heat can still be a problem.

    Helping a loved one through a difficult time often requires only a little time and attention. The senior simply needs to feel support and concern.

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