Civic Value: Sacrifice
Freedom’s Feast offers many Memorial Day options to honor the memory of those who died in military service to our country, and to support veterans and those who continue to serve. This year, we include front-line citizens of all kinds who are working to protect and serve us during the Covid 19 pandemic. Gather safely wherever you are, or gather virtually. Revisit during the week to extend your Memorial Day experience. We particularly honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the benefit of fellow citizens.
Memorial Day began after the Civil War when surviving family members decorated soldiers’ graves. The first national observance took place at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868. After World War I, observance grew to include armed forces members who died in all wars. The National Holiday Act of 1971 shifted Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May. The change made Memorial Day a federal holiday and part of a three day weekend that also marks the beginning of summer.
Choose from the resources below to share stories, explore, create, and pass on lessons you care about as citizens. Enjoy your holiday!
User-friendly ceremonies to make your holiday more meaningful and memorable
A range of activities and suggestions to enrich your holiday celebration
Connect heart, mind, and hands to make a one of a kind holiday keepsake
Additional resources including holiday timelines, booklists, other websites and more