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We Remember and Honor on this Memorial Day

We Remember and Honor on this Memorial Day

By Rebecca Brookson


In the United States, today marks a somber day, Memorial Day. Memorial Day began as Decoration Day three years after the Civil War ended to decorate the graves of the Union veterans with flowers and the first large observance was at Arlington National Cemetery. Over the years, tributes continued to take place throughout the states, honoring Civil War veterans. After World War I, the day was expanded to honor all those who have died in American Wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress.

Here are a few ways you can honor the fallen on Memorial Day this year:

A minute of silence
The National Moment of Remembrance “encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation” according to the Veterans Administration.

Reflection when raising your flag
When I put my flag out today, I was overwhelmed with emotion. It’s a very special time, even more so given all the events of 2020, to take a few extra minutes to reflect on my gratitude for all of those that have put their lives on the line for the protection of my country. I plan to take a few extra minutes when I take it down to be mindful of their sacrifice as well.

Visit a National Cemetery - in person or virtually
“For me, Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the lives that have been sacrificed for our families to live in the world we live in. My family goes to the local cemetery and puts flags on all Veteran graves ❤️.”
Casey M., Recruiter

(Please note, given COVID-19, what is allowed may vary state by state)

Learn more about our military families
Given the unique time we’re in, it may not be possible to leave your home. The USO shared 10 socially distanced ways to honor the fallen this year. One of their ideas is to learn about Gold Star Families, which is the designation reserved for families of military members who have died in the line of duty.

What are other ways are you marking Memorial Day? Join us in the conversation on social with #TTECSalutesYou. Watch this video as TTEC honors those that have fallen.

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