Like many, sometimes I forget the true meaning of Memorial Day, to honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country, and I wonder what I can do differently this year. I want to remember that it is more than just a day off and time for a BBQ. As I gather with my family and friends on the last Monday of the May, I will hang a flag outside my home and try to convince them to attend our local Cincinnati parade honoring America’s soldiers who have fought to keep us all safe and secure.
Maybe I can convince them to go to the Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. If you are interested, the parade begins 10:15 a.m. at Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road and ending at Veterans Memorial Park. A ceremony will follow 11:30 a.m. at Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park at Hunt and Cooper roads.
I did a little research to help me get focused: Memorial Day (also known as Decoration Day) began in the United States on May 30, 1868, after the Civil War ended. Flowers were put on the graves of fallen soldiers from both sides of the war in an effort to heal the nation. Now we include all men and women who have died in America’s wars.
Do you have traditions or ideas to make Memorial Day more meaningful for your family? Please share your ideas. Of course, I will decorate for Memorial Day since I am part of Cappel’s!
written by Melanie Crihfield