At Aegis Living, it has been our privilege and pleasure to care for many veterans and their family members over the years in our assisted living and memory care communities. We are grateful to serve and support our veterans with dignity, for the many sacrifices they have made in their lifetime. They are truly our heroes. On this Memorial Day, we honor our military—both young and old—for their brave service.
The History of Memorial Day
Observed the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is the day that Americans honor the brave men and women who have faithfully served in the United States military. It was originally called Decorations Day following the Civil War in 1868. Claiming more lives than any other U.S. conflict, the U.S. Civil War led the government to establish the country’s first national cemeteries. During the spring, many cities and towns throughout the country were inspired to honor their fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers. Originally, it was to honor the soldiers lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during WWII with America embroiled in another conflict, the holiday evolved to honor all American military personnel lost in battle. This holiday, now known as Memorial Day, became a federal holiday in 1971.
Seniors Can Participate in Memorial Day
Whether your senior parent served in the military or not, many have family and friends who were killed in the war. Most seniors would like to observe Memorial Day and you can help. Drive them to the cemetery so they can place flowers or a flag on the gravesite of a fallen veteran or family member. Check with your local community to see if they will be holding a parade or attend a special service or event. Host a gathering with family and friends to celebrate those we love. And for those with mobility issues, they would appreciate hanging an American flag to honor our veterans on the front of their home or making a donation in their name to a veteran’s organization. It’s never too late to thank and acknowledge our brave veterans.