Did you know Memorial Day was once called Decoration Day? PBS says it’s from an early tradition of dressing graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags as a nod to remembering those who died while serving the country in a military capacity. According to History.com, the American holiday began after the Civil War and became a federal holiday in the early 1970s.
How can businesses do their part to recognize Memorial Day? Orlando Business Journal says make sure you don’t go over the top with your recognition efforts. It’s the small gestures that make the biggest impact. Try one of these ideas to show your support this May 30th:
- Attend a community event: Do your research and find out what local parades or public memorial services are in your area. Your business can make a donation or find another way to support the families of military veterans.
- Find a way to recognize your employees that are military veterans. If possible, a small, temporary patch or pin can be added to your team’s uniform to show support. It shows support and reinforces your business’ brand.
- PrimePay suggests having your team take part in the National Moment of Remembrance. Let your team know you will take a pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a moment of silence in honor of those who died during service.
Before You Go: Memorial Day Weekend has become a special time to bring together family, friends, and neighbors for food and camaraderie. We hope you enjoy the holiday weekend and share happy memories. Here are some free, local Memorial Day events you can attend: