Memorial Day is Monday, May 31

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Memorial Day is celebrated in the United States each May to remember and honor military men and women who died while serving in the nation’s armed forces. This differs from Veterans Day, which is celebrated in September to honor everyone who served in the U.S. military, whether or not they died in service. From 1868 through 1970, Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30th each year. Since then, the official national Memorial Day holiday is traditionally celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Memorial Day began as a tribute to Civil War dead, and it was not until after World War I that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. The origins of special services to honor those who die in war can be found in antiquity. The Athenian leader Pericles offered a tribute to the fallen heroes of the Peloponnesian War over 24 centuries ago that could be applied today to the 1.1 million Americans who have died in the nation’s wars: “Not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions, but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.” What a fitting reminder to all of us to learn about and tell the stories of our military ancestors who died in service.

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Memorial Day Activities to Plan for Your Family

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1) Tune Into the National Memorial Day Concert

Turn on your TV and watch a moving tribute that honors America’s servicemen and women from the comfort of your home. This year’s event airs Sunday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m. EST on PBS, and includes performances by Sara Bareilles, Vince Gill, and Alan Jackson.

Slide 2 of 22: Get everyone outside by hosting a tournament of DIY lawn games for family and friends.

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2) Organize Lawn Games

Get everyone outside by hosting a tournament of DIY lawn games for family and friends.

Slide 3 of 22: Kids will love exploring the historic rooms and fascinating history of The White House via this online tour, created by the The White House Historical Association.

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3) Take a Virtual Tour of The White House

Kids will love exploring the historic rooms and fascinating history of The White House via this online tour, created by the The White House Historical Association.

Slide 5 of 22: Whether you donate time or money, your contribution to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be greatly appreciated. To see how you can help, visit the VA's website.

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4) Donate to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Whether you donate time or money, your contribution to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be greatly appreciated. To see how you can help, visit the VA’s website.

Slide 8 of 22: With all the hustle and bustle of a long weekend, it's easy to forget to pause and think about what Memorial Day is really about. Simply take a moment or two with your family to remember those who have served.

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5) Offer a Moment of Silence

With all the hustle and bustle of a long weekend, it’s easy to forget to pause and think about what Memorial Day is really about. Simply take a moment or two with your family to remember those who have served.

For more Memorial Day idea’s, click the link below.

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Source: Memorial Day Activities to Plan for Your Family (msn.com)

Armed Forces Day May 15

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Armed Forces Day is a joint celebration of all six branches of the U.S. military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and the newly created Space Force. The day honors all people currently serving in the U.S. armed forces. This includes the men and women who have served or are serving in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard, including the National Guard and Reserve components.

You can demonstrate your gratitude to the men and women who have served and currently serving in the United States Armed Forces:

Offer a simple thank you. Sometimes this is the most honest expression of gratitude to those who serve our country.

Talk to veterans or active service members. Ask questions about their service, why they joined the military, and listen to their stories. A little interest can go a long way.

Offer to help a military spouse. While expressing gratitude to service members is encouraged, so is helping out their families. Offer to cook a meal, drive them somewhere or watch their children for a few hours.

Remembering ~ Honoring ~ Supporting

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Happy Mother’s Day Wishes

Happy Mother’s Day! These 100 Mother’s Day Messages Will Melt Your Mama’s Heart .

Written by Maryn Liles

Celebrating your mom with special Mother’s Day messages can make her day feel that much more extra special. We might not often have the time to express our emotions for them, but on Mother’s Day, we can take some time from our busy lives to say thank you to our mothers.

Whether you need a special message for a card, Facebook post, or text message to your mom, you’ll find plenty of Mother’s Day wishes you can use to truly celebrate your mother and thank her for being your number one fan. You can even use these wishes for your grandmother, aunt, or even your mother-in-law to wish them a joyous Mother’s Day.

This May 9th, tell mom how you truly feel with any of these Mother’s Day messages. These heartfelt and sweet messages are sure to make her heart soar with love and gratitude!

100 Mother’s Day Messages

1. I’m glad that you’re my mother because I’m not sure anyone else could have put up with me this long! Love you, Mom.

2. Your smile brightens each day and makes it better than the last. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

3. I feel so lucky to have you as my mom. Thanks for always believing in me and doing so much for me each day. Have a great Mother’s Day, you deserve to be spoiled!

4. It’s my time to tell you how fortunate and special I am to be blessed with a mother as caring, loving as you. Wish you a happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

5. Mom, thank you for being my anchor in this stormy sea of life. I love you and don’t know where I’d be without you. Have a great day today.

6. Mother Goose, Ma Barker, Mother Theresa—of all the mothers that ever lived, you’re the “Motheriest.” Have a great Mother’s Day!

7. Happy Mother’s Day to my very own superhero and the No. 1 problem-solver in my life. I hope you have a great day!

8. In your arms, you held us. Little did we know but you have given us the greatest treasure that will never fade in our hearts and that’s your love.

9. Thanks for everything Mom, you really are one in a million! Love you!

10. Thanks for always helping me to remember what is important in life… and today it is you! You are the best!

11. Mom, you are the most outstanding woman in my life, and you’ll always be my number one. Have a very happy Mother’s Day!

12. In my life, I haven’t met a lady as elegant, beautiful, and lovely as you. I love you lots, mommy!

13. Thank you for always being there, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

14. There’s never been a minute I wasn’t glad you were my Mom.

15. Happy Mother’s Day Mom! Although we’re far apart you are always in my heart. I love you and miss you more than words can say.

16. Best friends and the best mother ever; you are seriously a gift to me! I love you. Happy Mother’s day!

17. Growing up I don’t think I realized just how much you did to keep our day-to-day life running so smoothly. Now that I’m grown up, I am in awe of everything you did for us, and I admire you all the more. Thank you for making my childhood such a special one! I love you, Mom!

18. Thanks for bringing me into this world and always seeing the best in me. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

19. Mom, I honestly don’t know how I’d get through each day without you by my side. Thank you for being such a supportive mother to me, and a fantastic grandmother to my children. We all love you so much! Happy Mother’s Day!

20. To the person who has done more for me than anyone in this world! Love you, Mama!

21. Thanks for being an incredible mother and role model to me during my childhood. I am so thankful to have your support and guidance as I navigate through life. Happy Mother’s Day!

22. I got all my good qualities from you, Mom! Isn’t it lucky you had more than enough for both of us?

23. Thank you Mom for showing me how to be the best version of myself. I am a strong woman because a strong woman raised me. I am so thankful for everything you’ve done for me.

24. You gave me the gift of life so our gifts to you pale in comparison. Happy Mother’s Day!

25. Thank you for being a source of strength, guidance, happiness, and inspiration to our family every day. Our world is a brighter place with you in it! Happy Mother’s Day, my love!

Read more wishes at:

100 Happy Mother’s Day Messages for 2021 (parade.com)