For most of us, Memorial Day 2010 Natick marks the beginning of a season of summer fun. But don’t let the real meaning of the holiday get lost amidst the barbecues and beach sand. Memorial Day – originally called “Decoration Day” – unofficially began in 1865 as a way to honor fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. In fact, because of lingering resentment over the war, many Southern states did not observe the holiday until after World War I (they opted for their own Confederate Memorial Day). Memorial Day has since became an occasion to honor fallen soldiers from all wars after WWI. You can find a listing of all those from Natick who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Honor them with the traditions of this special holiday:
- Fly the flag at half-staff from dawn until noon, local time.
- Participate in a national “moment of remembrance,” which occurs at 3PM, Washington DC time.
- Place flags on the graves of war dead.
- Donate your old cellphones to help our military stay in touch with loved ones at home. http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/
- Alternately, you can donate calling cards for service members at Operation Uplink. http://www.operationuplink.org/
- Let those who are currently serving know they’re appreciated; Operation USO Care Package lets you sponsor a gift box containing needed and requested items for a service member overseas.