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For many people, Memorial Day is about parades, back yard BBQs, and flying the flag. For seniors, though, it’s much more.

Many seniors are veterans. They remember every day, watching their brothers in arms dying on the battlefield next to them — many lost family members and friends.

Half a million of the country’s oldest residents served in WWII, and millions more served in Vietnam and Korea. Across those three conflicts, hundreds of thousands lost their lives.

And it’s those men and woman that this holiday is truly about.

Ways to Observe Memorial Day with Your Seniors

  • Fly their flag or leave the traditional flag at half-mast until noon
  • Visit the grave sites of veterans. Leave flags/flowers if you feel comfortable doing so
  • Attend a Service and/or Parade
  • Visit with veterans and allow them to share their story with you
  • Ask the seniors in your life what this day means to them
  • If you don’t live nearby, call them and have the conversation
  • Thank them for their service

What does Memorial Day mean to you? Let us know in the comments below!