Gratitude Weekend/Memorial Day, May 23-24

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for all Americans who died while serving in the United States armed forces. We will not be able to celebrate at traditional locations or in gatherings this year, but we can draw or hang American flags to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by these deceased veterans and their families.

This year the Social Committee is asking East Stratford to also give thanks to all citizens who have served, and died, on the front lines this year while helping our country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patriotic decorations in windows, yards or on sidewalk will be appreciated by all neighbors strolling by.

Here are some ways you can show your gratitude:

  • Post flags or signs to thank health care and essential workers who have taken care of us during these months.
  • Write notes to leave in your mailboxes or on garbage totes for neighborhood service providers.
  • Think about who has helped you during your stay-home days in Virginia and make sure they know you appreciate their time, sacrifices or support.

To learn more about Memorial Day:

memorialdayfoundation.org/education-and-history/how-to-observe-memorial-day

almanac.com/content/when-memorial-day

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