It’s Memorial Day
Summer gets its unofficial kickoff today. Every Memorial Day, we get to break out the shorts, swimsuits, and flip-flops, turn on sprinklers, fire up grills, and finally open pools for the hot, hazy days ahead.
More important, this national holiday is a day of reflection when we remember the men and women who died while serving our country in the U.S. military. Just as you abide by the Girl Scout Promise, “On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, to help people at all times,” U.S. servicemen and servicewomen do the same on a global scale.
Many people march in parades on Memorial Day, and your family may visit a cemetery or a local war memorial to pay respects to a loved one who made the ultimate sacrifice for all Americans. In 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, to take place at 3:00 p.m. local time, asking Americans to take a brief pause in their activities to pay tribute to those who died in service to our country. No matter how you choose to spend the day, be sure to take a moment to reflect on the reasons for it—and the sacrifices we honor in memoriam.
This Memorial Day, Girl Scouts of North Reading, Massachusetts, will meet to march in their town’s annual Memorial Day parade. Girl Scouts of Hillsborough, New Jersey, will do the same in their community, as will Girl Scouts of all ages in troops across the nation. Click here to get inspiration from Girl Scouts of Nassau County, who offer great suggestions for activities you can do to mark this special day of remembrance. Whether you fly the flag or dress up in red, white, and blue, make this Memorial Day meaningful in the Girl Scout Way.