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405877 03: American flags adorn each grave in Arlington National Cemetary in honor of Memorial Day May 27, 2002 in Arlington, VA. Thousands of tourists, veterans, armed services personnel, and relatives visited the cemetery in recognition of Memorial Day. (Photo by Stefan Zaklin/ Getty Images)

Memorial Day is Monday, May 24. In years past, many of us have gone out to honor the holiday. This year, our celebrations look a little different. And even though we are social distancing, we can still show respect to our fallen heroes this year. Here are a few ideas:

  1. The classic way – fly the American Flag. If you don’t have a flag holder on your house, you can plant the flag in a planter or somewhere in your yard.
  2. Donate flowers to a local cemetery, if they’re accepting them. If not, you can donate to Memorial Day Flowers, an organization that places flowers for veterans.
  3. Check out your local listing for TV Specials. Facebook is airing the Parade of Heroes special on Monday morning. Monday afternoon hosts the National Memorial Day Parade: America Stands Tall on most major TV networks. And PBS is airing its annual Memorial Day Concert on Sunday night.
  4. Join millions in participating in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00PM on Memorial Day. Take at least one minute of silence to pray, send love and ponder those who’ve died serving in the military.
  5. Get the kids involved. Give them sidewalk chalk or washable paint to draw patriotic pictures and messages on the sidewalk and driveway.

Enjoy your holiday weekend, but remember what it’s for. And to those who have lost a loved one to military service, we honor them and you.