A Meaningful Memorial Day

May 26, 2017, 09:51 AM

There are many Veteran cemeteries located around the United States. Setting aside some time to visit one over the Memorial Day weekend can be impactful for anyone, but might make a significant impression on younger Americans.

You can find a list of Veteran cemeteries here. The Veterans Affairs website provides directions or addresses, as well as visiting hours for our Veteran cemeteries.

If you’re interested in helping to decorate the graves for Memorial Day, you can contact the cemetery before you go or just bring some nice decorations to lay on graves that may not have anything.

Below are a few helpful etiquette reminders if you’ll be visiting a Veterans cemetery for the first time:

  • Check with the cemetery to find out what are and are not acceptable grave decorations or go to for specific floral and ground regulations
  • Cemeteries aren’t the place for loud music, yelling, running, and playing on headstones
  • Unless you’re bringing a service animal, leave your pets at home
  • If you’ll be bringing young children, talk to them about what the cemetery is and who is buried there before you arrive so they’re prepared for the experience
  • Minimize walking on graves by trying to walk between headstones straight forward

If you can’t visit over Memorial Day, you can honor those buried at Veterans cemeteries around the country by joining forces with Wreaths Across America. This incredible organization works to lay a wreath on the grave of every service member during the holiday season.

We wish you all a safe and reflective Memorial Day weekend and we hope you’ll join us in remembering those who gave their lives in service to our nation, as well as the families and friends they left behind.

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