For those who feel a calling to serve our country, we are ever grateful for their service. We save a special kind of thank-you for those brave soldiers who gave their lives in service to us, the people. Whether you know an active member of the military or knew a fallen one, you may wonder what you can do to show your appreciation and support. While we can sometimes feel powerless when a soldier passes on, there are still many things we can do to honor their sacrifice. Here are a few ideas on how to best honor a fallen soldier.
Donate To Veteran Organizations
At the end of the day, one of the best ways to honor a fallen soldier is to take care of those still here. Organizations all over the country work to support our veterans, and they need our help as much as possible. Even if you don’t have a lot of money, some charities like the Purple Heart Pickup will take donations of items and possessions and put them to good use elsewhere. Our armed forces work together to take care of us, so we should work together to take care of them when they need it most.
Volunteer Your Time
Your time is just as valuable as anything else you can donate. Volunteering to help organizations that assist living veterans, help military families, or directly support the armed forces can be a great way to honor the memory of a fallen soldier. Hospitals may need volunteers simply for companionship to elderly veterans. You might also use your time in a homeless shelter helping those less fortunate. Remember that fallen soldiers gave everything in service to us. Anything we can do in service of others is a great way to honor that sacrifice.
If nothing else, remember the sacrifices fallen soldiers made to ensure we could enjoy the liberties we have today. Learning from the past and passing that information on to the next generation is another tangible way to pay your respect to those sacrifices. On Memorial Day at 3:00 p.m. local time, you can join in the national moment of silence and reflect on the soldiers that gave their lives for us and our freedom. Keep that remembrance in mind even beyond Memorial Day—that is how you can truly honor a fallen soldier.