How To Show Love on Memorial Day

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Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours. -Wallace Bruce
 
On this Memorial Day, we celebrate the tremendous courage of those fallen heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice.  When deployed, many service members leave behind children, husbands and wives, mothers, fathers  and other loved ones as they depart to protect the freedom of the country they love.   Unfortunately, some do not return.  Others return; however, they return with severe physical injuries, post traumatic stress syndrome, brain injuries  or depression.
Not just on this day, but let’s make an ongoing commitment to show love and support to those who have given so much to our country.  Here are a few ways to honor and support those who have sacrificed for our country.
1. Honor the lives of those lost
Pay tribute to the U.S. men and women who have died in service to the nation  by observing a minute of silence at 3:00 pm local time, on Memorial Day.
If you know of a family who has lost a service member,  call them, send a card, visit them to let them know you care.  Tell them how you grateful you are for their loved one’s service.  Be there if they need support.  Keep checking on  the family– not just the days and weeks after–but the months and years ahead.
2. Say “Thank you”
When you see a service member, let them know you are thankful for their service.  A simple Thank you may mean more than you know.

3. Provide assistance
If you know a service member who has suffered a physical or mental injury , offer to help him or her and their family by offering dinner, transportation or other needs.  If you don’t know anyone personally,  find a community organization that helps injured service members.
4. Support Veteran-owned businesses
After discharge from the military, finding employment can be difficult.  Many veterans are starting their own businesses.  Support these businesses when possible.
5. Support charitable organizations
Here are a few charitable organizations you may want to consider supporting:

Wounded Warrior Project – www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Their mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. They offer assistance to those who have physical and mental wounds.

Operation Homefront–  www.operationhomefront.net
This organization supports the troops and helps families by offering assistance including but not limited to food assistance, auto repair, financial case and vision care.

Homes for troops–  www.homesforourtroops.org
This organization builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans.

Let’s unite  to show love to those brave men and women who have shown tremendous love for our country.