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  • Writer's pictureCathy Hertler

It’s not just a 3 day weekend


Fort Devens Post Cemetery

Memorial Day isn’t just an opportunity for a barbecue. It’s a day honoring American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

We all live busy lives and while we know Memorial Day is important, doing even little things to commemorate the day often alludes us.

How can I honor them, you say??? Well this year it will be a little different, Many parades and flag placing have been cancelled due to the current pandemic, however here are a few ideas that you could easily fit into your weekend.

  1. In lieu of not being able to attend a parade, visit one of the many memorial sites in your town. (There are multiple in the town of Billerica!)

  2. In Lieu of not being able to volunteer at flag placing on graves at the cemetery, you could still visit your local cemetery, walk among our fallen and personally honor and thank them.

  3. You could stop what you are doing at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day which is the official National Moment of Remembrance.

  4. You can wear a red poppy as they are known as a symbol of remembrance and it is a tradition to wear them to honor those who died in war.

  5. You can donate to a charity that supports our veterans

  6. You could volunteer at a local VA hospital once restrictions allow (Bedford VA is not that far!)

  7. Or simply display your flag! Fly our Red White and Blue Banner in pride. The colors are symbolic. The White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and the Blue above the stripes signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.

Freedom and Liberty will always have a price and it has been paid in blood by so many. It continues to cost the lives of those so eager and willing to pay for it. That cost must be honored lest we may each have to pay an equal price.

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