(PRWEB) May 24, 2016
Memorial Day has become largely associated with shopping, barbecues, and the unofficial start of the summer vacation season. But it actually began as a somber day of remembrance. Originally designed to honor those fallen during the Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to remember the dead from all wars. This Memorial Day, Dynamite Fireworks offers some patriotic suggestions for those wanting to connect with the original meaning of Memorial Day.
Visiting a Cemetery
Although it sounds a bit morbid, visiting a cemetery is a highly meaningful way for families to discover the true meaning behind the holiday. Many National cemeteries and war memorials host public ceremonies on or near Memorial Day. Those who cannot find an official ceremony nearby may choose to simply walk amongst the tombstones of a nearby cemetery and reflect on the lives of the people who are buried there.
Honoring a Veteran
Although Memorial Day is designed to remember the dead, it is important to honor the living as well. Veterans’ hospitals are filled with men and women who were injured in service to their country. Cookies, cards, or simply the gift of time are always appreciated by these hometown heroes, making a visit a tremendous way to connect with the true meaning of the holiday.
Caring for a Military Member
People who are deployed far from home are often lonely and sometimes afraid. Sending a care package or letter is a wonderful way to teach kids the importance of giving, while truly making a difference in the life of a military member.
For safety reasons, packages addressed to “Any Soldier” are no longer accepted at United States military installations. However, those who want to get involved can contact their local military base to connect with a home front organization that manages packages and letters.
Learning by Watching, Doing, or Exploring
Watching military history specials on the History Channel or Discovery Channel, participating in patriotic games and activities, baking patriotic-themed treats, and researching military medals are all ways for individuals or families to bring the meaning of Memorial Day to life. Those who want to be more active can walk in the footsteps of heroes at a nearby battlefield or military history museum.
Seeing a Parade
Small towns and big cities across the country host Memorial Day parades, while the National parade in Washington, DC, is available for streaming online. These parades generally feature veterans and war heroes, expertly blending remembrance with hope for the future.
Catching a Fireworks Show
After paying tribute to fallen heroes and showing support for today’s military members and veterans, a fireworks show is the perfect way to cap off the holiday and welcome the summer season. Some people head out to professional displays, while others prefer to celebrate in their own backyards with a carefully crafted patriotic display.
About Dynamite Fireworks
Less than 1 mile from the Indiana-Illinois state line, Dynamite Fireworks is the closest fireworks store to Chicago, and is open year-round. Visit Dynamite Fireworks at 4218 Calumet Ave, Hammond, IN. Call (219) 937-4090 for more information, or go to https://dynamitefireworks.com/.