Visit a family member
Do you have an uncle or cousin who is a veteran that you have neglected to speak with since the holiday season? Why not stop by and talk to them and see how they are doing. Maybe you can offer to help out around their home if they are physically incapable of doing some needed repairs or putting away those winter necessities like rock salt, snow shovels, or even winter clothing. While you are helping out, take the time to talk to them and ask about their military service. You might find a world of information from someone who actually lived history.
If you do not have an elderly relative to speak to, there are plenty of people in nursing homes that would welcome your visit. An elderly care facility is always in need of volunteers to sit and talk with people, maybe play a game of Hearts, or just sit and listen. If you have some sort of talent like dancing, singing, or playing an instrument, you might have an opportunity to add a little joy to someone’s life.
Check your local newspapers for memorial services being held in the morning on Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, they will have a band play a concert to commemorate fallen heroes. It is also a good time to visit the grave sites of relatives who fought in our past wars. Maybe you can turn this into a learning experience for children or grandchildren to tell them about one of their ancestors.
Memorial Day can be so much more than just picnics and sitting at home watching old John Wayne movies. With a little creativity and thought, you can honor our veterans. If you have any questions or comments regarding Memorial Day activities, feel free to contact the Kabb Law Office at 216.991.KABB (5222).