“A hero is someone who gives his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” — Joseph Campbell
The Feltner Group continues its #AtHome blog series with a tribute to veterans and families as we all celebrate Memorial Day differently. Do you know how this iconic holiday started? It was originally known as “Decoration Day”; it began in the years following the Civil War. It wasn’t until America’s entry into World War I that the tradition was expanded to include those killed in all wars, and Memorial Day was not officially recognized nationwide until the 1970s. For many, the Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of summer, but the origin is one of gratitude and honor and remembrance.
We are home celebrating (together) this year, so here are some thoughts on making it a meaningful and enjoyable time.
Explore the past.
This Memorial Day, watch a documentary or television series that highlights the sacrifices of our veterans. Try one or all of the following:
They Shall Not Grow Old (Amazon prime) Using state-of-the-art technology and materials from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, the story of World War I is told by the men who were there. The soldier’s voices explore life on the front and they discuss their feelings about the conflict, daily food rations and their many dreams of the future. This documentary is powerful and riveting.
World On Fire (PBS) is a drama about World War II, told from the perspective of a Polish family, a French family and a British family. The multinational perspective weaves the connections of these families across the world. As an added bonus, PBS provides companion historial information for each episode. WOF has just completed its first season; the entire selection of connecting episodes can be seen on the PBS website.
THE CIVIL WAR (Netflix) is the award-winning film produced and directed by Ken Burns. Black and white photographs paint a vivid portrait of the conflict from all sides. You hear from every walk of life and you are privy to every imaginable circumstance. This series is heavily researched and strikingly presented. If haven’t seen it, you really should.
Set the table.
Even if you are quarantining alone, setting the table and preparing a delicious meal can make a difference. We are loving the great selection of festive tableware at the grocery store. Mix and match table essentials (like the ones in the above photograph) to create an appealing tablescape. Remember that you eat with your eyes first!
Wreaths Across America is a national non-profit organization dedicated to honoring our fallen heroes. Each December, there are ceremonies at local cemeteries to commemorate and educate people about our national conflicts. The Winchester National Cemetery at 401 National Avenue has been chosen for this year’s local celebration. Although it is just May, the organization is already seeking volunteers and funding. You can sponsor a wreath or your time or both.
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