Civic Value: Sacrifice


Let's admit up front that many feel challenged by the real purpose of Memorial Day. How can we talk about fallen heroes over fried chicken and cherry pie?  The truth is that we can celebrate and honor too. Freedom’s Feast offers many ways 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 all of our citizens who have worked to protect and serve us during the Covid 19 pandemic. Gather safely wherever and however you celebrate. Use our resources during the week that follows Memorial Day to extend your celebration.  


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 has come to mark 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