Remembering Those Who Served on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a wonderful time to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation’s freedom.

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day began to be observed soon after the end of the Civil War to commemorate soldiers who died in battle. The graveside ceremonies consisted of laying flowers and reciting prayers. Over the years, it eventually became known as Memorial Day to remember those who died in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 1966, the U.S. government named Waterloo, New York the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Five years later, the government made Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Today, most Americans associate Memorial Day with the beginning of summer, beaches and barbecues. However, we should not lose sight of the fact that this is a very solemn day for those who have served in the armed forces. There are some ways to let them know they are not forgotten.

If you have a senior loved one who served, and is at an assisted living facility, make some time to visit them. (Before visiting, contact the facility to see what the visitation guidelines are and if social distancing is required.) If your relative lives far away, give them a phone call or send them a card thanking them for their service. If you are interested in sending a letter to thank a veteran, you can visit this website for more information.

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McPeak’s observes all holidays, including Memorial Day. With our affordable prices and excellent standard of care, we have the facilities to accommodate your loved one’s needs and allow them to live to the fullest. For more information, please call us at (631) 475-0445 or visit our contact page.

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