Meaningful Ways to Celebrate this Memorial Day

Posted on: May 23, 2014

Memorial Day marks the non-official beginning of summer.  This favorite American holiday is often filled with BBQ’s, time spent with family and friends, and perhaps the first family trip to the pool.  In addition to relaxing with family and friends, Memorial Day is meant to be a day of remembrance and a time to celebrate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.  Memorial Day is a special holiday for the JIU family as our founder, Glenn Jones is a veteran of the United States Navy, and so many of our students are veterans or currently serve in the armed forces.  We appreciate the dedication and sacrifices of each one of these individuals and celebrate their service this Memorial Day.

Read on to learn a few ways that you can celebrate the Memorial Day holiday this year.

Displaying the flag: Flying the American flag on Memorial Day is a great way to show thanks to those who have served our country.   According to tradition, the flag should remain at half-mast until noon to honor the men and women who have fallen in combat. Remember it is customary to put your flag up at dawn and take it down by dusk.

Attend a Memorial Day Parade: Most U.S. cities will host a Memorial Day parade or ceremony with a moment of silence to honor those who have fallen.  Attending your town’s celebration is a great way to show veterans your appreciation for their sacrifices.

Learn Your Family History: Memorial Day is a great time to pull out the family photo album and share your own family history with your children. Many of our grandparents and great-grandparents served our country and sharing their story with the next generation is a great way to honor and remember their sacrifices. 

Display Memorial Day Poppies: Red poppies are a symbol of Memorial Day inspired by John McCrea’s 1915 war poem In Flanders Fields.  Since the First World War, red poppies have become a way to “keep faith with all who died,” and are a memorial tradition in the United States, England, France, and more than 50 other countries.

On behalf of the Jones International University family, we would like to thank all of the men and women who have served our country.  Happy Memorial Day!